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Borderless care? Care workers from Slovakia in Austria
Bezhraničná starostlivosť? Opatrovateľky zo Slovenska v Rakúsku
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Ing. Bahna Miloslav PhD.
Annotation:Care workers in Austria were a stable component of migration from Slovakia from the beginning of the 1990ties. At least from time of the legalization of around the clock care in Austria in 2006 several ten-thousands of care workers from Slovakia, mostly women work in Austria as care workers. The project focuses on the period after the legalization which is characterized by stabilized numbers of care workers from Slovakia and by their dropping share among care workers in Austria. The aim of the project is to analyze the role and relative importance of several aspects of this migration: We will focus on the question in what regard is this migration a product of welfare and migration policies in Austria, the situation on the Slovak labour market, if migration of care workers is creating staff shortages in the Slovak health sector or care drain in Slovak families, what is the influence of long-term employment in this sector on the reflection of one's gender identity.
Project web page:http://sociologia.sav.sk/vyskumne_projekty.php?id=2344
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2018

HODYSE - Values in the Dynamics of Societal Changes in Slovakia and Europe
Hodnoty v dynamike spoločenských zmien na Slovensku a v Európe
Program: APVV
Project leader: prof. PhDr. Miháliková Silvia PhD.
Annotation:Social stability and the functioning of democratic regimes depends on the basic value consensus in society and its compatibility with the values of the legal frameworks of European states and EU member countries. However, pluralism of life styles, religious and cultural values and traditions is characteristic of the present day democratic societies in Europe and the world. Fundamental social, economic, political and cultural changes that have taken place on the continent since 1990 have led not only to changes of laws, but also to changes in the value profiles of the population and setting public policies that ensure social solidarity. The aim of the project is to identify the dynamics of changes in the underlying value orientations of the Slovak population in the context of an independent state and the country's integration into European structures and their international comparison based on the use of data obtained by membership of the research team in the European values study (EVS).
Project web page:http://sociologia.sav.sk/vyskumne_projekty.php?id=2499
Duration: 1.7.2016 - 30.6.2020

Conceptualizing and operationalising ethnicity: Central-East European experiences
Konceptualizovanie a operacionalizovanie etnicity: Stredo a východoeurópske skúsenosti
Program: SASPRO
Project leader: prof. Pap András László DrSc.
Duration: 15.1.2016 - 31.12.2018

EASTWESTCOMP - Between East and West, Integration or Divergence of Values? Slovakia in Cross-National Comparative Research
Medzi východom a západom, hodnotová integrácia alebo divergencia? Slovensko v medzinárodných komparatívnych výskumoch
Program: APVV
Project leader: Mgr. Ing. Bahna Miloslav PhD.
Annotation:The project will analyse Slovak society in international comparison using integrated data files from International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) and Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) cross-national survey programmes. The research topics will be: National identity, citizenship, work orientations, role of government, social networks, voting behaviour and political communication in the election campaign. While comparing Slovakia with the European and global context we will evaluate the validity of the current theoretical concepts relevant for the research topics. The immediate objective of the project which will enable us to achieve the main project objective is to field the research modules of the ISSP and CSES programmes in 2015 – 2019. The gathered data will form a base for comparative analysis within the project and are also a prerequisite for the occurrence of Slovakia in the analyses of foreign authors. Comparability and reliability of measurement are an important topic in international comparative research. Survey questions are often sensitive to the societal context or language usage. Both has been changing in the two decennia of our participation in the ISSP. Therefore, the third project objective is to evaluate the validity of several survey questions, scales and translation variants. Findings from our experiments will be of interest not only for Slovak researchers but also for the ISSP and CSES programmes as well as for other cross-national research fielded in Slovakia. A cross sectional goal of our project is the further development of the Slovak Archive of Social Data (SASD), which is a member in the CESSDA ERIC infrastructure established within the ESFRI roadmap. We will therefore archive not only the datasets produced in the project, but also some of the older, yet important, surveys from the last twenty years. Annually the archive serves hundreds of datasets and work with the archive is part of the curricula of several university courses.
Project web page:http://sociologia.sav.sk/vyskumne_projekty.php?id=2210
Duration: 1.7.2015 - 30.6.2019

Organizational changes and the organization of change
Organizačné zmeny a organizácia zmeny
Program: VEGA
Project leader: prof. PhDr. Čambáliková Monika CSc.
Annotation:The aim of this project is to study the relationship between organizations and the processes of organizing which constitute their core. Although organizations are considered relatively stable and comprehensible, they are conditionally created and conditionally enduring arrangements of actions and relations which require an ongoing application and update of activities, rules and resources. Despite being regarded as units with definable borders, it is not easy to determine what comprises an organization and what not, nor where the organization has an impact and where not. The purpose of this project is to highlight the complex processes of organization and reorganization, their effects, and support for their operation. It will focus on the identification of procedures employed in the recognition of organizational settings, justification strategies for organizational changes, methods used to estimate impacts, and strategies to involve allies in the accomplishment or preclusion of reorganization.
Project web page:http://www.sociologia.sav.sk/vyskumne_projekty.php?id=2152
Duration: 1.1.2015 - 31.12.2018

Politics and history – an organic part of dealing with the past
Politika a história - súčasť vyrovnávania sa s minulosťou
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Tížik Miroslav PhD.
Annotation:Every society, especially since the establishment of the modern concept of nation, has used its history for political purposes, political consolidation and legitimation of an existing social order, or has used the changes in the interpretation of history for enforcing social transformations. The project aims to point out how the selected historical themes have been used by politicians for their specific political goals since 1945, particularly in the post-1989 period and how these have reverberated in the general public. Every political system, regardless of its nature, deliberately selects and promotes certain historical events in order to vindicate its own ideological and political orientation. If such events are associated with the process of building democratic citizenship, they are usually viewed favourably within the society.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2019

Social Marginality of Territories in Slovakia
Sociálna marginalita území na Slovensku
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Gajdoš Peter CSc.
Annotation:The project focuses on the analysis of social and spatial marginality in Slovakia, which we consider to be the core problem in case of marginal territories. The aim is to analyse social marginality at two spatial levels (regional and settlement level) with the goal on one side to define the socially marginal regions within the SR and characterise the sources of social marginality. In the selected model regions, to analyse social marginality in more details at the intra-regional level. Emphasis will be put on the analysis of territorial communities living in these territories. To identify the sources, factors, manifestations and impacts of marginality to the human potentials and their spatially conditioned living conditions, on the development changes in the development availabilities of settlements and the strategies of marginality solution applied by them. To provide findings for application utilisation mainly for institutions interested in settlement and regional development and for the decision sphere.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2019

SocCrisis - Sociology of Crisis: Visualising Urban Austerity
Sociológia krízy: vizualizácia politiky škrtov v urbánnom priestore
Program: SASPRO
Project leader: Dr. Tsilimpounidi Myrto PhD.
Annotation:Sociology of Crisis: Visualising Urban Austerity is a timely investigation into core sociological perspectives on crisis and austerity: time, the ‘Other’, contagion and urban space; resistance and future(s). Using methods from visual and urban sociology, it tackles the dual crisis of representation: both the political crisis of loss of faith in representative democracy as well as arguments about the partial, time-bound, subjective frame of photographic representations. The project provides valuable insight into the pressing problems of lived experience in Slovakia, Greece and the UK in relation to the wider spheres of nation and at the level of the European Union. The approach is firmly located within a critical sociological appeal to reflexivity, taking as its core data source the rich seam of analysis provided by visual representations. Sociology of Crisis is timely in its engagement with the problem of crisis at a macro-level, in dialogue with the everyday experiences of crisis on a micro-level.
Duration: 1.10.2015 - 30.9.2018

Suburbanisation in Slovakia and its Social and Socio-Spatial Impact
Suburbanizácia na Slovensku a jej spoločenské a sociálno-priestorové dopady
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Moravanská Katarína PhD.
Annotation:Today, suburbanisation is one of the processes which significantly shape the socio-spatial situation of Slovak society. Over the last two decades, this process has undergone varied development in Slovakia and its ambivalent impacts have been fully felt in affected municipalities and their communities. The project’s target is to map out the extent and the spatial distribution of residential suburbanisation in all regions of Slovakia and to identify factors which intensify it. The objective is to draw up a typology of suburban municipalities from the point of view of the phenomena of the process of suburbanisation, and to answer the question as to where this process has moved forward over the last two decades. Based on quantitative and qualitative data, we analyze how the arrival of new inhabitants has changed the social and settlement environment of suburban municipalities, how their development potential has changed and how these changes are reflected by selected participants in this process.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2019

EURECOR - European Union's Recognition Order and the Small Member States
Usporiadanie uznania v Európskej únii a malé členské štáty
Program: APVV
Project leader: prof. PhDr. Miháliková Silvia PhD.
Annotation:The EU is a community sharing norms, values and rules facilitating cooperation across societies of the member states. As such the EU operates as a specific form of a recognition order – a system of norms and expectations characterizing relations among member states, forming their identities and differentiating them from non-members. Yet, we know relatively little about what provides recognition, under what circumstances and how to EU member states within the EU framework. The aim of the current project is to analyze the nature of the EU’s recognition order and establish its characteristics, especially with a view to analyzing the role of small member states like Slovakia. We seek to figure out what, how and under what circumstances is likely to generate recognition to member states by fellow member states. We do this by empirically exploring two interconnected dimensions: a) public and media discourses on member states’ behavior in relation to particular EU policies; b) formation of ‘thought communities’ sharing understandings of the EU as a political project in and across member state boundaries. These two dimensions are explored using a combination of methods anchored in critical discourse analysis and relational class analysis. Based on this, we seek to develop a thicker understanding of the EU’s recognition order and thereby contribute to the development of theoretical debates on recognition processes and identity formation as well as on the character of the EU as a political entity.
Duration: 1.7.2016 - 30.6.2020

Rural communities and rural settlements in the process of changes
Vidiecke spoločenstvá a vidiek v procese zmien
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Falťan Ľubomír CSc.
Annotation:The present project is based on theoretical elaboration and field surveys focused on the nature of the current transformation of the rural community in Slovakia. The influence of lifestyle changes reflects the globalization processes on the local level, leading to fragmentation of individual social roles and their performance in spatial projection. These factors, together with the socio-cultural transformations village life, shaping a new form of rural community, weakening some of its traditional attributes of one community. The change of the nature of the rural community is also reflected in changes in architectural and urban "features" of the rural environment. There are also modification in symbolical urban-lifestyle trends - the internationalization and Europeanisation. There are changes in the rural landscape. The emerging new forms of residential community may be significantly different, depending on their developmental trajectories.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2018

Election 1946 and Election 2016 in Slovakia
Voľby 1946 a voľby 2016 na Slovensku
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Krivý Vladimír CSc.
Annotation:The project aims at analyzing the election 1946 from the political and historical perspective, including the estimate of the structural distribution of the electoral support by the up-to date methods of ecological inference. However, the objective is to extend the analyses of the election not only going to the past but also to the future: general election 2016 will be likely held in the time of duration of our proposed project. Both analytical objectives are structured by their content. Election 2016 will have a strong comparative dimension with the elections held in Slovakia since 1994, as well as cross-country comparisons with the elections in other countries. The out puts of the project will be summarized in two scientific publications, monographs: „Election 1946“ and „Slovak Election ‘16“. The latter publication should be sent to printing in the first half of the third year of the project, whereas the publication Election 1946 will be submitted by the end of the three-year project.
Project web page:stránka pracoviska: http://www.sociologia.sav.sk/vyskumne_projekty.php?id=2354
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2018

Projects total: 12