Sociologický ústav SAV | Institute for sociology of SAS

Research projects

The Image of the "Other" in post-1989 Slovak politics

Principal investigator: Juraj Marušiak, PhD., Ústav politických vied SAV
Investigator from Institute for Sociology of SAS: Mgr. Miroslav Tížik, PhD.
Investigators outside of the Academy of Sciences: Radoslava Brhlíková, Branislav Dolný, Matúš Mišík, László Öllös, Zuzana Mészárosová. (FF UKF Nitra, FiF UK Bratislava)
Investigators from the Academy of Sciences: Norbert Kmeť, Miroslav Tížik.
Project: VEGA 2/0046/19
Duration: 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022

Abstract: The aim of the project is to analyse political discourse in Slovakia using the theory of symbolic power (P. Bourdieu) and the theory of social dominance (Sidanius - Pratto). The process of "othering" by means of external construction of the identity of individual actors, i.e., by categorization, is considered one of the key aspects of the formation and reproduction of the hierarchical relations in the domestic and foreign policy of Slovakia. Our aim is to identify the role of the "othering" in the political interaction. Project is focused on the formation of the relations of symbolic power and on the tools applied in its framework. We will analyze the influence of categorization of particular groups on their role in the public life. Research team will be focused on the question, to what extent is the creation of "Other" relevant in political interactions and to what extent does it affect the relations of symbolic power? Our research will be conducted on the levels of domestic and foreign policy of Slovakia.
Institute for Sociology of SAS, Klemensova 19, 813 64 Bratislava, Slovak Republic