Social stratification in the Czech Republic and Central Europe: 1968-2018

Project duration: 
2018 - 2020

Using historical sources and available datasets of sociological and statistical surveys, the project aims to compare the history of stratification research and the development of social structure in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia since the communist times, also in comparison with Austria. First, the history of stratification research will be investigated from its empirical beginnings up to present time. Second, the leading concepts of stratification research since 1990 will be explained. Third, the trends in the main dimensions of social structure in individual countries will be described, including mobility patterns and the perception of inequality . Fourth, the focus will be on the units of social structure in view of changing family and household structure. And fifth, the change in relationships of ‘vertical’ and ‘horizontal’ dimensions of social structure will be analysed. Besides other data, the comparative European statistical survey EU-SILC will be mainly used which is only rarely exploited for stratification purposes.

social inequalities
Grant agency: 
Czech Science Foundation (GACR)

Project publications (total 1, displaying 1 - 1)

Večerník, Jiří, Mysíková, Martina

In the Czech public and professional discourse, there is a strong rhetoric of a rooted egalitarianism of the society. This study thus traces various objective and subjective dimensions of socio-economic inequality in an attempt to examine the validity of this rhetoric. It uses various data on levels and trends in earnings, household income and living conditions in the Czech Republic in comparison with other European countries.

wages and incomes, social inequalities
Economic Sociology
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