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Politika sociální antropologie na české akademické scéně po roce 1989

Politics of Social Anthropology on the Czech Academic Scene after 1989
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Skalnik, Petr

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Abstract The author, a Czech social anthropologist who returned home from exile in order to help in the introduction of his discipline, writes a field report in which he describes in relative detail the vicissitudes of Czech social anthropology during the last thirteen postcommunist years. Even though lecturing on social anthropology became common in Czech universities, the institutionalization of the discipline encounters stiff resistance from the conservative academic establishment. Social anthropology gets support in new provincial universities (Pardubice, Plzen) & only very reluctantly in Prague (Charles U). As a result, Czech protagonists of social anthropology are scattered throughout various institutions. Nevertheless, the author concludes, social anthropology has become known in the Czech Republic as a dynamic part of the social sciences. Grant agencies have given support to fieldwork projects on minorities, political culture, & identity problems during the transformation process. If the momentum gained during the recent years were to be sustained, social anthropology has a bright future on the Czech academic scene.
Classification General Problems, History of the Social Sciences; Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnosociology
Free Keywords Czech Republic; Social Anthropology; Universities; Postcommunist Societies
Document language Other language
Publication Year 2002
Page/Pages p. 101-115
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 38 (2002) 1-2
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications