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Ernő Bogács and Andrea Rácz

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Following a discussion about ethics and social work, in this article, we will present the main results of three researches conducted in the past few years on the Hungarian child protection system. These studies highlight the professional gaps, the prejudiced beliefs related to the primary (children) and secondary (parents) client systems of child protection, the value crisis in professional mentalities, and the crisis of the profession in general. We argue that a change in mentalities and professional treatment in the operational practice requires a thorough reconsideration of the ethical dimensions of child protection to the extent of developing and introducing their own code of ethics. As the helping profession is actively involved in the transformation of the welfare state, in parallel with restructuring welfare conditions, we should reconsider how the scarce methodological framework for practice at the national level can cope with problems and how it can emancipate the clients and serve their well-being. The research results indicate that the direction of development is to create an activating and mobilizing helper system that can preserve the core values of the profession as well as adapt to social changes and reflect on the expectations of the public policy thereof.

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Christof Forderer

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This essay describes situations in which phenomena that are not pictures are nonetheless perceived as pictorial. Such paradoxical entanglements of the sphere of reality with the sphere of the picture are presented in two different constellations: first, in subjective literary modes of perception ("Medusa views") projecting a pictorial texture into scenes observed in metropolitan space, and second,, in the design of certain buildings and spaces aiming to integrate the immaterial visibility characterizing an image object into the actually present metropolitan area.

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Milena Secká

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Collections of the National Museum – Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures include a set of 355 educational images printed on cloth and hand-coloured. They were published by the Working Men’s Educational Union based in London to accompany public lectures for British workers, and purchased by Vojta Náprstek in 1862 during his visit to the World Exposition in London for an industrial museum he had planned. Topics of the prints come from natural sciences (astronomy, anatomy, fauna, flora, physics, geology) as well as humanities (archaeology, ethnology, history, theology). A collection of this size has not been preserved anywhere else in the Czech lands.

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Martin Šámal

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The study presents an edition of a previously unknown manuscript by Vojta Náprstek from 1847, the original of which is deposited in the Vienna University Archive. It is a detailed description of Náprstek’s arrest and stay in custody in the year 1847; during his second year studying law in Vienna. This is an authentic testimony of Vojta Náprstek that he wrote as a defence after the police had warned the university about the incident. The document represents one of a few pieces of proof of Náprstek’s first clashes with the Austrian police. At the same time it allows a new, more sober interpretation of this event, than the one that used to be presented especially in older litetarure.

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Ágnes Sántha

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Deborah Lupton: Digital Health. Critical and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives London–New York: Routledge, 2018

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Martin Šámal