- Do Czechs want equality?
- Are Czechs a nation of grumblers?
- Are Czechs prejudiced?
- How do Czechs spend their time?
- What do Czechs think about migrants and do Czechs fear foreigners?
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About Contemporary Czech Society
Answers to these and dozens of other questions are used in this unique book to paint a broad interdisciplinary portrait of Czech society for an international audience. Using insights from economics, history, politics, psychology and sociology this book uses a question and answer format to explore how Czechs see themselves and others. Comparisons are made with other European societies and there is an exploration of how Czech social attitudes and behaviour have changed over time. This book shows that Czech society is complex as not all Czechs’ beliefs and values are consistent. This fact is important for understanding contemporary Czech society.
Contemporary Czech Society reveals how Czechs view themselves, their history, and their place in the modern world through a series of questions ranging from topics of nostalgia for communism to the possibility of ‘Czexit’ from the European Union. The chapters are lively and filled with fun facts as the authors place the Czech perspectives in the context of current academic research. This is an engaging read for anyone interested in understanding Czech culture and society.
― Mary Stegmaier, University of Missouri
Contemporary Czech Society is a must-read for anyone who wants to better understand this complex and captivating society. It provides an easy-to-read and rigorous analysis of the values, beliefs and preferences of Czech society over time on a range of related topics. Using evidence and insights from economics, history, political science, psychology and sociology, the authors present a rich picture of social change and continuity that calls into question many popular myths and interpretations of Czech society.
― David S. Siroky, Arizona State University
Are Czechs more satisfied with their lives today than under Communism? Is Czexit likely? Are Czechs a nation of grumblers? And just how many cultural anthropologists does a country really need? In a delightful ask-and-answer format, Pat Lyons and Rita Kindlerová use the latest data and social science methods to resolve important questions big and small. In the process they offer deeper insights that can help us understand not what it means to be a Czech but what it means to be a citizen of the contemporary world.
― Kevin Deegan-Krause, Wayne State University, Michigan
List of Chapters
Introduction Pat Lyons and Rita Kindlerová
Theory, methods, and structure Pat Lyons
Part 1: Economic Perspective
Chapter 1: Do Czechs know and trust official economic statistics? Pat Lyons
Chapter 2: Do Czechs want equality? Pat Lyons
Chapter 3: What is the price of equality and inequality in Czech society? Pat Lyons
Chapter 4: Are there too many university graduates in the Czech Republic? Tomáš Doseděl
Chapter 5: What does undeclared work tell us about Czech Society? Pat Lyons
Chapter 6: Are illegal drugs and prostitution bad for Czech society? Pat Lyons
Chapter 7: What are the attitudes of Czechs towards climate change? Pat Lyons
Part 2: Historical Perspective
Chapter 8: Who voted for the Communists in the election of 1946? Pat Lyons
Chapter 9: Why did Czechs and Slovaks allow their leaders to dissolve Czechoslovakia in late 1992? Pat Lyons
Chapter 10: Are Czechs more satisfied with their lives today than under communism? Pat Lyons
Chapter 11: What is current public opinion towards the Velvet Revolution? Pat Lyons
Part 3: Political Science Perspective
Chapter 12: What does Czech “Miss Democracy” look like? Jaroslava Pospíšilová
Chapter 13: Are some Czechs in love with a political party? Pat Lyons
Chapter 14: Why do Czechs like non-politicians in politics? Jaroslava Pospíšilová
Chapter 15: Are Czechs nostalgic for life under communism? Aleš Kudrnáč
Chapter 16: Do Czechs care if ‘Big Brother’ is watching? Daniela Prokschová
Chapter 17: What is lustration and what does it tell us about Czech society? Pat Lyons
Chapter 18: Where are Czech voters created? Aleš Kudrnáč
Chapter 19: Should the Czech Republic introduce compulsory voting? Pat Lyons
Chapter 20: Can some Czechs correctly select election winners from looking at photos? Pat Lyons
Chapter 21: Are Czechs’ voting choices inherited? Pat Lyons
Chapter 22: What can be learned from analysing Czech election ballot papers? Pat Lyons
Chapter 23: Who has ‘nascent political ambition’ in the Czech Republic? Pat Lyons
Chapter 24: How to get elected to the Czech Parliament? Michal Kuděla
Chapter 25: Do Czech citizens recognize political parties’ logos and does it matter? Pat Lyons
Chapter 26: How many Czechs are “know nothings” when it comes to politics? Pat Lyons
Chapter 27: What is Czechs’ level of knowledge about refugees and asylum seekers, and is it important? Pat Lyons
Chapter 28: What does opposition to a US radar station tell us about Czech public opinion? Michaela Röschová
Chapter 29: What do volunteer Czech political scientists know? Pat Lyons
Chapter 30: Czexit? Pat Lyons
Part 4: Psychological Perspective
Chapter 31: What are the main personality traits of Czechs? Pat Lyons
Chapter 32: Do Czechs think they know more than they really do? Pat Lyons
Chapter 33: Why are some Czechs good forecasters? Pat Lyons
Chapter 34: Are attractive young Czechs intelligent? Pat Lyons
Chapter 35: What is the ‘climate of opinion’ in the Czech Republic? Pat Lyons
Chapter 36: What does the Stevens’ Power Law tell us about Czechs’ perceptions of the number of immigrants? Pat Lyons
Chapter 37: What does a study of a Czech internet user tell us? Pat Lyons
Part 5: Sociological Perspective
Chapter 38: Are Czech values unique? Pat Lyons
Chapter 39: Are Czechs a nation of grumblers? Daniel Prokop
Chapter 40: Is religion dead in the Czech Republic? Pat Lyons
Chapter 41: Why do Czechs mistrust their police and courts? Eva Krulichová
Chapter 42: Does the Czech Republic have a permissive society? Pat Lyons
Chapter 43: What is the nature of sexual behaviour in Czech society? Pat Lyons
Chapter 44: Is it possible to predict who will marry who in Czech society? Tomáš Katrňák and Barbora Hubatková
Chapter 45: Is marriage an outdated institution in the Czech Republic? Jana Klímová Chaloupková
Chapter 46: When do Czechs become adults? Petr Fučík
Chapter 47: Do older Czechs behave fairly toward younger and future generations? Pieter Vanhuysse
Chapter 48: Why is it unpopular to be old in the Czech Republic? Romana Trusinová
Chapter 49: Is there equal treatment of ethnic minorities in the Czech Republic? Daniel Prokop
Chapter 50: Why do Czechs fear foreigners? Daniel Prokop
Chapter 51: Are Czechs prejudiced? Pat Lyons
Chapter 52: Does Czechs’ use of the words “Roma” or “Gypsy” in daily conversation matter? Pat Lyons
Chapter 53: Why does it make sense to use computer simulation to study residential segregation in the Czech Republic? Pat Lyons
Chapter 54: What do Czechs think of newcomers? Yana Leontiyeva and Martin Vavra
Chapter 55: How do Czechs spend their time? Michaela Röschová
Chapter 56: What’s in a name? Michaela Röschová
Chapter 57: Did you know the Czech Republic is a nation of bookworms? Rita Kinderlová
Conclusion and cross-validation Pat Lyons and Rita Kindlerová
More information about the research project from which this book comes is available from http://promenyceskespolecnosti.cz/