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Před ¾ stoletím… : Kvantifi kovaný esej o časopisecké produkci české sociologie před nástupem marxismu a dnes

Three-quarters of a century ago: a quantified essay on Czech sociological journals in the pre-Marxist era and today
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Nešpor, Zdeněk R.

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Abstract This article focuses on Czech pre-Marxist sociological journals - Sociologicka revue (established in 1930, published until 1940, and again in 1946-49) and Socialni problemy (established 1931, published 1931-1938/39 and 1947/48) - and compares how they functioned with the work of the contemporary Sociologicky casopis/ Czech Sociological Review (analyzed volumes 32 (1996) to 41 (2005)). Although the internal situation of the branch & its public evaluation were rather different during each of the two periods, the author believes that looking back at the well-established earlier period of Czech sociology can provide some comparative data for a better understanding of the current situation and its imperfections. First, the author quantitatively analyses the 'genre' composition of the old and new journals and concludes that in the earlier publications reviews and scientific polemics were more strongly represented, whilst the papers - especially those in Sociologicka revue - were less likely to be connected with any empirical research. Conversely, the old sociologists were highly involved in the public sphere, which included student education and active participation in policy making. Nowadays, Czech sociologists tend to be wrapped up in themselves; they produce better theoretical and empirical papers, but the number produced per person has decreased, and their reception is probably weaker. In the article the author also analyses the means of recruitment of the journals' editorial boards, relations within the Czech sociological community itself and its relations abroad, and other issues of the sociology of Czech sociology, past and present.
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories
Free Keywords Journals; Sociological Research; Scholarship; Czechoslovakia; Czech Republic; History of Sociology
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages 397–422 p.
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 43 (2007) 2
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications