PL EN


2004 | 40 | 5 | 673-679
Article title

Nelegální výzkum veřejného mínění v období normalizace

Authors
Content
Title variants
EN
ILLEGAL PUBLIC OPINION DURING THE PERIOD OF NORMALISATION
Languages of publication
CS
Abstracts
EN
During the normalisation period in Czechoslovakia in the years 1969-1989, empirical sociology was reduced to monitoring information relevant for Marxist-Leninist ideology. With the exception of politically neutral fields, the data gathered were distorted. Central decision-making authorities, however, needed some information on the opinions of the population. To this end, certain questions were inserted into politically neutral surveys. Data acquired in this manner, however, were only available as a source to the propaganda section of the Central Committee of the Czechoslovak Communist Party. This article, which draws on a text that the authoress originally wrote under a pseudonym for the exile journal 'Testimony' describes these practices. At the initiative of figures in Czech exile, in 1986 a public opinion research study was secretly carried out using a questionnaire with 85 questions on a sample of 342 people, focusing on a comparison of attitudes towards the USSR, the USA, and NATO, and towards prominent politicians in the late 1980s. The results revealed a surprisingly high degree of awareness about alternative, unofficial, and thus banned culture and publications, and about certain suppressed individuals. The empirical data was sent secretly to Paris and there processed by the sociologist Zdenek Strmiska.
Year
Volume
40
Issue
5
Pages
673-679
Physical description
Document type
ARTICLE
Contributors
author
  • J. Siklova, Filozofická fakulta Univerzity Karlovy, nám. Jana Palacha 2, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic
References
Document Type
Publication order reference
Identifiers
CEJSH db identifier
07CZAAAA03086344
YADDA identifier
bwmeta1.element.779aaee0-f57d-30da-81a3-2a9d9c90115b
JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.