Unreliable Elements: The Object of Social Engineering in the Czech Borderlands?  Cover Image

Nespolehlivé živly, anebo objekt sociálního inženýrství v českém pohraničí?
Unreliable Elements: The Object of Social Engineering in the Czech Borderlands?

Author(s): David Kovařík
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Ústav pro soudobé dějiny AV ČR
Keywords: Social Engineering; Czech Borderlands

Summary/Abstract: In this article the author discusses the main ideas in Matěj Spurny’s Nejsou jako my: Česká společnost a menšiny v pohraničí (1945–1960) (They Are Not Like Us: Czech Society and Minorities in the Borderlands, 1945–60; Prague: Antikomplex, 2011). He considers the book an important contribution to the social history of post-war Czechoslovakia, since Spurny attempts not only to identify the changing attitude of majority Czech society and its political elites towards minority groups (Germans, Roma, and Volhynian Czechs), but also to identify the Sinnwelt and social practice which emerged in the borderlands after the Second World War against the background of the local processes of expulsion and resettlement.

  • Issue Year: XX/2013
  • Issue No: 01-02
  • Page Range: 182-189
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Czech