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Under the transformation period, economic inequality is assuming new meanings and accents, and its importance growing. We show recent changes and various facets of inequality as displayed in distributions of earning, household incomes and wealth. In earnings, instead of the system covering the costs of labour force reproduction, human capital is better rewarded, thus, the importance of ownership and job grows.
The interconnection between economic hardship and political attitudes is analyzed in four East-Central European countries. Two explanatory keys to recent left-turns – the “relative deprivation” and “entitlements” theses – are examined. Financial difficulties and paternalistic expectations are high but differ from country to country, this resulting in their various locations on the leftright spectrum.
The article analyses two types of subjective mobility between 1988 and 1993. It asks how people evaluate the changes in their social status and economic situation and seeks to identify the links with certain objective social characteristics (which fix the position of an individual in the stratification system.) It considers improvements, stability and decline in the social position in six countries: Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and, primarily, the Czech Republic.
Clothing is a social phenomenon concentrating a wide range of social symbols and meanings. Which are not rigid, but changeable. They are modified and reproduced due to changes in social space. In my work, I seek to recover some of the most important and most interesting modifications of this phenomenon seen against the background of traditional, modern and post-modern societies with the help of both classical and the most influential theories up to date, i. e.
The principle objective of the paper is to uncover the interplay between
egalitarian and inegalitarian norms and beliefs about distributive justice during the
postcommunist transformation in the Czech Republic. Two theoretical perspectives,
namely the „split-consciousness“ theory (Kluegel and Smith) and the theory of
dominant and challenging norms of distributive justice (Della Fave), are applied in