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Close relatives? Slovakia and Czechia in the context of international comparative research 100 years since the Czechoslovak republic
Blízki príbuzní? Slovensko a Česko v kontexte medzinárodných komparatívnych výskumov 100 rokov od ČSR
Program: APVV
Project leader: Mgr. Ing. Bahna Miloslav PhD.
Annotation:The project aims to provide answers to the question if comparative analysis can identify enduring similarities between the societies of the former Czechoslovakia a hundred years after its establishment. The means to this end is to continue the participation of Slovakia in the international comparative research programs International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) and Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES). Stability and change will be analyzed within three contemporary grand narratives of social change as well as within theories identifying changes in the respective areas of society. Participation of Slovakia in the ISSP already since 1995 (since 1992 as a part of the ČSFR) offers the opportunity to analyze the period of the last thirty years. Within the project itself ISSP surveys on social inequality, environment, health and family will be fielded as well as electoral behavior will be analyzed as part of the CSES survey. Further analyses will be carried out on data which became available before or during the course of the project. These will include comparative analysis of ISSP modules on national identity, citizenship, work orientations, role of government, social networks and religion. Surveys carried out within the project will include a series of methodological experiments aimed at evaluating the reliability of measurement and at improving the level of standardization within comparative research. The planned tests under the circumstance of the extraordinary language and cultural closeness of the two ex-Czechoslovak countries offer an interesting laboratory for measurement invariance testing. Research carried out within the project will also enable the inclusion of Slovakia into contemporary comparative analyses. The successful fielding of the surveys is also a precondition for further participation of the project team in the scientific and thematic heading of the ISSP where they serve as one of the five members of the steering committee.
Project web page:http://sociologia.sav.sk/vyskumne_projekty.php?id=3104
Duration: 1.7.2019 - 30.6.2023

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

KONSPOREG - Consumer Society and Consumer Regions. Stratification of Post-Communist Society
Konzumná spoločnosť a konzumné regióny. Stratifikácia postkomunistickej spoločnosti
Program: APVV
Project leader: PhDr. Búzik Bohumil PhD.
Duration: 1.7.2017 - 30.6.2020

Changing Representations of a Decent Life in the Life History Narratives and in the Public Discourse
Meniace sa predstavy o slušnom živote v životopisných rozprávaniach a spoločenskom diskurze
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Kusá Zuzana CSc.
Annotation:The project goal is to illuminate continuing decline of social solidarity - understood here as the warranty of decent life for all - by examining relations among changing normative ideas of decent life in the political discourse and the ideas people formulate during narration about their life at particular time and space. At the same time, the project intends to prove the usefulness of the secondary analysis of qualitative data and thus legitimate the intent to design and construct the multilevel and open archive of life history narratives and other qualitative data collected by Zuzana Kusá during her research projects since 1990. The aim is to secure that preparation of the metadata and the material anonymization would bear the toughest ethical criteria and meet conditions for secondary utilisation of qualitative data not only in descriptive research but in the theoretical research too.
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2021

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

SUBURBA - Suburbanization – development and impacts on socio-spatial structure in Bratislava hinterland
Suburbanizácia – vývoj a dopady na sociálno-priestorovú štruktúru zázemia Bratislavy
Program: APVV
Project leader: PhDr. Moravanská Katarína PhD.
Annotation:The processes of suburbanization – changes caused by transfer of inhabitants from cities towards the rural hinterland – have been occurring in Slovakia and more specifically in the vicinity of the capital city for more than 20 years. Suburbanization in the hinterland of Bratislava represents the most significant transformation in residential and socio-spatial relations in the post-socialist history of Slovakia, whose trajectory and parameters significantly affect the future development possibilities of this dynamically growing region. In spite of the intensity and various impacts there have not been realized any comprehensive study on this complicated phenomenon. Yet, negative effects of suburbanization in Bratislava hinterland stress the need for this material. In this context, project is focused on evaluation of intensity and spatial range of suburbanization in Bratislava hinterland, its demographic and social impacts and spatial patterns of development. Besides the standard methods of social sciences, state-of-the-art methods of dynamically developing GIS and remote sensing will be deployed to fulfil these objectives. In addition to in-depth analysis of particular aspects of suburbanization the project attempts to seek relations of mutual interdependencies and connectivity necessary for its comprehensive evaluation.
Duration: 1.7.2017 - 30.6.2020

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

Projects total: 9