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Contemporary Religiosity and the Absence of Solidarity With Those in Need

, for example, by Jesus’s attitudes in the gospels or by the liturgical prayer for all or by the church’s social teaching. The new identity discourse does not correspond to the content of Christianity, and it asks only for conformity to this ideological frame ( Hamplová and Nešpor 2009 ). The Czech Republic fits neither of these models, though features of both are present. Indeed, we could even say there is a conflict between the two. Unlike in other Visegrad countries, in the Czech Republic, the majority of the population is not interested in an ecclesial mediation

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How to Respond to Conflicts Over Value Pluralism?

). Apparently, socio-cultural traditions play a crucial mediating role between universal moral principles and people’s moral behaviors in concrete circumstances so that the loss of these traditions leaves people empty-handed in their search for orientation in day-to-day moral issues. What is more, modernization has even widened this tension, as moral principles tend to become ever more formal (or abstract) and procedural, while the moral decisions that people have to take in concrete situations become more and more entangled. Against this background, it should not surprise

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Migration Discourse in Slovak Politics. Context and Content of Migration in Political Discourse: European Values versus Campaign Rhetoric

countries. Slovak political elites, 1 year before the parliamentary election, completely polarized society with the migration crisis and the question on refugees. The main purpose of this article is to analyze media articles in the print media and search for the context and form of discourse (political, mediatized, and electoral) within the migration crisis. We expressly state that the political discourse visible from May 2015 was changing context and form in relation with the political and societal situation visible in Slovakia. We assume that the political discourse

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People as the Roots (of the State): Democratic Elements in the Politics of Traditional Vietnamese Confucianism

, and supervision at the communal level. Wells-Dang (2010) , however, expressed more optimism in his study, arguing that Vietnam might become a “rice-roots democracy” in practice even if its political regime stays unchanged. Larsen (2011) performed a discursive analysis of the construction of the ideal image of grassroots democracy by political professionals. The author found that the concept had served as a conceptual mediator between diverging interests related to rural development and different ideological positions surrounding the notion of democracy. Within

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Forgotten Slovakia Civic Initiative: Talking Openly about Extremism. Parallel Monologues or a Discussion on Values?

. The public space of a town – the hall of a cinema or of a cultural center – becomes the place of the voluntary meeting of various groups of people. Their motivations, value orientations, and aims are diverse. The members of the Forgotten Slovakia civic initiative act as initiators of a common discussion on a predetermined topic. During the discussion, they often act as mediators between the different groups of town citizens. Simply put, these can be divided (according to their verbal and nonverbal communication expressions) into the following categories: ĽSNS

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Islamophobia Without Muslims? The “Contact Hypothesis” as an Explanation for Anti-Muslim Attitudes – Eastern European Societies in a Comparative Perspective

/miloszeman-czech-leader-refugees Uenal, Fatith. 2016. “Disentangling Islamophobia: The Differential Effects of Symbolic, Realistic, and Terroristic Threat Perceptions as Mediators Between Social Dominance Orientation and Islamophobia.” Journal of Social and Political Psychology 4 (1): 66-90. 10.5964/jspp.v4i1.463 Uenal Fatith. 2016 “Disentangling Islamophobia: The Differential Effects of Symbolic, Realistic, and Terroristic Threat Perceptions as Mediators Between Social Dominance Orientation and Islamophobia.” Journal of Social and Political Psychology 4

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Between Diplomacy and Paradiplomacy: Taiwan's Foreign Relations in Current Practice

activities of international intergovernmental organizations in international relations just represent a different, mediated form of promotion of states’ foreign policy interests. It is possible to confirm this by considering that international intergovernmental organizations serve their member states and are founded for carrying out their member states’ joint interests. In connection with the international organizations’ right of active legation, Rosputinský (2015 , 99) correctly remarks that the primary purpose of the work of an international organization with respect to

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Between Language Revitalization and Assimilation: On the Language Situation of the German Minority in the Czech Republic

and strengthen its role as mediator of those different activities to promote German instruction that have been undertaken by German institutions such as the Goethe-Institut. Such activities should be primarily promoted in borderline regions with the largest populations of Czech Germans and their children. References Aussiedlerbeauftragter. 2017. Rede Bundesbeauftragter Koschyk trifft deutsche Minderheit in der Tschechischen Republik [Speech of the Federal Commissioner Koschyk On the German Minority in the Czech Republic] Online https

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Online Comments as a Tool of Intercultural (Russian–Czech) “Anti-Dialog”

– views of part of the Russian public toward Czechs and the Czech Republic as a part of the EU. These are based on the critical opinions of the Czech public (as mediated by Czech journalists) on the current-day Russian society and official foreign policy and lead to a strengthening of heterostereotypes about the Czech ethnic group as a nation mostly hostile to Russia and characterized by intense Russophobia, ungratefulness, and disloyalty to Russia as a former ally and liberator from Nazism, opportunism, cowardice, and the absence of patriotism and the ethos of Slavic

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“Roma” Label: The Deconstructed and Reconceptualized Category within the Pentecostal and Charismatic Pastoral Discourse in Contemporary Slovakia

deconstructing and constructing the category Rom/a. Their challenge is how to (successfully) accommodate and operationalize the general pastoral discourse and theology into local common discourse and social praxis, facing the life experiences not only of their Gypsy adherents but also their nonconvert and non-Gypsy neighbors. Pentecostal and Charismatic churches would not seek to act as mediators between different ethnic groups but offer a sort of “brubakerian” solution beyond any ethnic ascriptions: ethnic groups are ascribed diversity, but before God, all are equal

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