The foundation of research institutes, departments, journals and other academic bodies providing an institutional background was an important part of the re-establishment of Czech (Czechoslovak) sociology in the mid-1960s. This article describes and analyses the specific case of the Czechoslovak Sociological Society, formally the first established branch organisation, and its relations to the Scholarly Collegium of Philosophy (and Sociology), the official managing and controlling body of socialist science. As a consequence of the Prague Spring of 1968, the sociological society became relatively independent and gained the collegium’s authority, being an archetypal example of Czechoslovak “socialism with a human face”. However, activist and pro-democratic tendencies within the society were forcibly liquidated shortly after in the early 1970s.
Peer-reviewed journal article
Nešpor, Zdeněk R. 2019. „Československá sociologická společnost při ČSAV jako institucionální báze obnoveného oboru.“ Práce z dejin Akademie věd 11 (1): 19-30. ISSN 1803-9448.