The Notion of Social Class in Czech Political Discourse

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Title:The Notion of Social Class in Czech Political Discourse
Creators:
Musílek, Karel; musilekkarel at gmail dot com
Katrňák, Tomáš; katrnak at fss dot muni dot cz
Journal or Publication Title:
Czech Sociological Review, 51, 3, pp. 387-417
Uncontrolled Keywords:social class, inequality, political discourse, post-socialism, Czech society

Abstract

The article studies the discourse on social class that emerged around the Czech parliamentary election of 2010. The authors look at Czech discourse from the perspective of the wider discussion about the role that the notion of class plays in post-communist societies. While some researchers argue that social class is absent as a category within post-communist political discourse, other researchers report the existence of derogatory discourse on the lower classes and even consistent symbolic boundaries between classes. This analysis contributes to the discussion by offering recent evidence of both the rejection and the use of class-based classification in the discourse. The authors argue that the rejection of the notion of class goes hand in hand with the symbolic division of society into class-like groups. They illustrate how these divisions are tied to the idea of a legitimate political subjectivity and conclude by noting similarities to contemporary ‘Western’ discourse on social class.

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Title:The Notion of Social Class in Czech Political Discourse
Creators:
Musílek, Karel; musilekkarel at gmail dot com
Katrňák, Tomáš; katrnak at fss dot muni dot cz
Uncontrolled Keywords:social class, inequality, political discourse, post-socialism, Czech society
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 7. Section of Social and Economic Sciences > Institute of Sociology > Czech sociological review (Sociologický časopis)
Journal or Publication Title:Czech Sociological Review
Volume:51
Number:3
Page Range:pp. 387-417
ISSN:0038-0288
Publisher:Institute of Sociology AS CR
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http://avi.lib.cas.cz/node/83Publisher
ID Code:8452
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:27 Aug 2015 18:37
Last Modified:27 Aug 2015 16:37

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Musílek, Karel; Katrňák, Tomáš (2015) The Notion of Social Class in Czech Political Discourse. Czech Sociological Review, 51 (3). pp. 387-417. ISSN 0038-0288

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