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Sociológia - Slovak Sociological Review

Volume 36, 2004, No. 6


  Social and Architectural Phenomenon of the Bataism
Henrieta Moravčíková

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Bata company; shoe making; Batovany - Partizanske; modern movement; settlement; town-planning; industrial town; architecture; construction; typification; unification; Bata-Men; social relations; modernization; production; factory; Labour Square; Community

Social and Architectural Phenomenon of the Bataism in Slovakia (The Example of the Community Šimonovany – Baťovany – Partizánske) The impact of the Baťa’s enterprise on the economical, social and architectural environment of the Czechoslovak Republic was significant. However through the whole history it was perceived with hesitation. In 1930s the Baťa’s activities have faced the criticism from the representatives of leftist avant-garde, later from the representatives of the communistic regime. These negative attitudes caused that the rationalist conceptions of town planning, typification and unification of Baťa architecture appeared in professional press only occasionally. Only in the 1990s several studies and exhibitions have emerged that reflected and evaluated from a distance the architectural and social work of the Baťa concern in Czechoslovakia. Most of the attention is being paid to Zlín, the seat of the company and to the most important personalities of the Baťa Company like Tomáš Baťa and Jan Baťa and architects as Vladimír Karfík and František Lydie Gahura. However, Slovak satellites of the Baťa Company have been mentioned only rarely an evaluated as marginal. This paper carries the principle information on Baťa town planning, architecture and social engineering generally and on the example of the Baťovany settlement in particular. It focuses on the new knowledge connected with the history of the industrial town Baťovany – Partizánske, its town-planning, architecture, social environment and the relations between the Bata headquarters in Zlín and the local branch in Baťovany. At the same time it examines the role of Baťa’s social and architectural activities in the process of modernization of Slovakia.

Sociológia - Slovak Sociological Review. Volume 36, 2004, No. 6: 519-543.

  The Communist Party of Slovakia: Electoral Performance, Parliamentary Experience and Policy Choice
Tim Haughton, Marek Rybář

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Electoral Performance; Policy Choice; Communist Party of Slovakia; Slovak Politics

The Communist Party of Slovakia: Electoral Performance, Parliamentary Experience and Policy Choice. Following the party’s success in the 2002 elections, the Communist Party of Slovakia (KSS) became a parliamentary party. This article argues that although parliamentary status has strengthened the hand of the leadership and exacerbated tensions within the party, there has been little discernible change in the party’s programme and policy prescriptions. Moreover, it argues that the party’s seemingly contradictory stance on the EU can be explained by the role played by Europe in domestic Slovak politics over the past decade and the shift from accession to member state status. Furthermore, it argues that the party’s support appears relatively solid, although it faces tough strategic choices.

Sociológia - Slovak Sociological Review. Volume 36, 2004, No. 6: 545-559.

  Women as Engineering Students in Slovakia
Oto Hudec, Iveta Orbánová, Felizitas Sagebiel, Nataša Urbančíková

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Women and Men Engineers; Gender Aspects; Culture of Degree Courses; Institutional Barriers; Engineering Education

Women as Engineering Students in Slovakia. In spite of the fact that in the last decades the number of women who have decided to study in higher education institutions has been continuously increasing in all European countries, in engineering studies on the contrary, there are only 20 per cent of female students. Even though the percentage of the female and male students at engineering faculties in Slovakia was almost equal before 1989, the present situation is getting more and more similar to other European countries and number of female students in engineering studies has dropped significantly. The described facts led to the research, which is focused on the clarification of factors that contribute to the creation of the culture for women engineers that would positively influence the female decision regarding engineering as a profession. The following hypothesis has been tested: a friendly and warm atmosphere and culture, and non-existence of institutional barriers for female students could lead to the growth in the percentage of female students in engineering courses. The study is focused on clearer identification of the key stages of loss of women in engineering studies in Slovakia, and the different influencing factors operating and gives an overview on identified supporting and hindering factors for female students in engineering studies. The single parts of the study describe the qualitative research undertaken within the project. The aim of the qualitative research was to gain knowledge not only about the content of degree courses and studies, but also about the culture of degree courses and institutional barriers for female engineering students.

Sociológia - Slovak Sociological Review. Volume 36, 2004, No. 6: 561-576.



  Schenk Juraj et al: Paul Felix Lazarsfeld, Reflections on Legacy of Ideas (Collection of Academic Papers Commemorating His 100th Birthday Anniversary)
Iveta Sklenárová

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Sociológia - Slovak Sociological Review. Volume 36, 2004, No. 6: 577-580.

  Marada, Radim: The Culture of Protest and the Politicisation of Everyday Life
Zuzana Kusá

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Sociológia - Slovak Sociological Review. Volume 36, 2004, No. 6: 581-585.

  Sak, Petr – Saková, Karolína: Youth at the Crossroads. Sociological Analysis of Status of Young People in Society and Their Role in the Processes of Europeisation and Informatisation
Ladislav Macháček

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Sociológia - Slovak Sociological Review. Volume 36, 2004, No. 6: 585-590.