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Critical Thinking in Slovakia after Socialism

Title
Critical Thinking in Slovakia after Socialism Jonathan L. Larson.
ISBN
9781580467926
158046792X
9781580464376
Publication
Suffolk : Boydell & Brewer, 2013.
Manufacture
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2021
Copyright Notice Date
©2013.
Physical Description
1 online resource (xx, 240 pages)
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Summary
Critical thinking is considered the civic virtue of a liberal democracy. Citizens who think for themselves, cooperate, and can agree to disagree are the hallmark of a self-governing society. Citizens of nondemocratic societies, however, are believed to lack this virtue. Authoritarian regimes, it is thought, smother critical discourse through fear and dull critical thought through the control of information and dissemination of propaganda. Since the end of Communist rule in 1989, Western agents of democratization and educational development have criticized the residents of the former Czechoslovakia for this deficiency. In fact, these critics aver that the Slovaks' inability to think critically is the reason the nation has struggled to integrate with Western Europe. Critical Thinking in Slovakia after Socialism interrogates the putative relationship between critical thought and society through an ethnographic study of civic discourse in post-1989 Slovakia. Drawing on original fieldwork as well as on anthropological theories of language and culture, Jonathan Larson uncovers traces of patterned elements of criticism throughout the Slovak political discourse. In addition he exposes ways that these discursive practices have been misinterpreted and overlooked, and outlines unexpected historical and interactive limitations on criticism. This important volume, bringing together scholarship on East Central Europe, liberalism, education, and the public sphere, gives students of modern history, political science, and economics fresh perspective on an essential civic skill. Jonathan L. Larson is Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iowa.
Format
Books / Online
Language
English
Added to Catalog
January 14, 2021
Contents
Introduction
Separation, judgment, and laments of civic criticism
Civility and crisis in the Slovak public sphere
Sentimental kritika
Love, ludskost, and education for democracy
Young literary critics
Conclusion.
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