Sociologist/s between the Clerical Collar, the Swastika and the Red Star: Jaroslav Šíma in the History of Czech Sociology Cover Image

Sociolog(ie) mezi kolárkem, hákovým křížem a rudou hvězdou: Jaroslav Šíma v dějinách české sociologie
Sociologist/s between the Clerical Collar, the Swastika and the Red Star: Jaroslav Šíma in the History of Czech Sociology

Author(s): Zdeněk R. Nešpor
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Sociologický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i.

Summary/Abstract: The article analyses the life story and works of a signifi cant, but today sadly almost unknown, Czech sociologist, Jaroslav Šíma (1914–1955). It draws on all the published sources available on him as well as a large number of to date unknown and unexploited archive materials. Šíma became a member of the somewhat “thin on the ground” national sociological academia of the interwar period and specialised in the sociology of sexuality, religion, and education. However, his research was often the result of his own religious and church positions, which were connected with the so-called free Christianity movement and which cannot be accurately judged according to contemporary standards. Šíma’s star rose spectacularly during the Second World War, when he became the undisputed leader of Czech sociology, notwithstanding the fact that his infl uence came at the price of making considerable compromises with the Nazi regime, and owing to this and his own personal failures he assumed a rather low profi le in the immediate post-war years.

  • Issue Year: 47/2011
  • Issue No: 05
  • Page Range: 967-989
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Czech