Czech Sociological Association (CSA) is an independent society of professionals and experts in sociology, including broader public interested in social sciences. Up until 2016, the Association acted as Masaryk’s Czech Sociological Association in the honour of the Czech scientist and president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk.
The main purpose of the Association is to encourage the development of sociology in research, education, and application and to endorse popularization of the results of sociological research among professionals and the general public. Emphasis is given on coordination on national level, creating suitable conditions for expert activities of its members, and representation of Czech sociology in the Czech Republic, its regions, and on international level.
The Association has been formally active since 1993, but the core idea of its activities stems from the long-standing tradition of Czech sociology and especially from its predecessor, the Masaryk’s Sociological Association founded in 1925. Hence, CSA endorses the heritage of the founders of Czech sociological thought, above all the legacy of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk.
The Association is an independent society of app. 270 members. Its activities are funded by the Council of Scientific Societies of the Czech Republic. CSA is a member of International Sociological Association (ISA) and European Sociological Association (ESA). Collective members of the Association include institutes and university departments with focus on sociology or social sciences in general. The Association is organized into several sections specialized in fields such as social deviation and criminology, social anthropology, social theory, sociology of health and medicine, and others.
The Association supports young researchers and students by awarding the Benes Award in criminology and the Miloslav Petrusek Award for the best published sociological paper of the year.
Association Board (2015‒2018)
prof. PhDr. Dušan Lužný, Dr. (chairman)
PhDr. Jiří Vinopal, Ph.D.
PhDr. Dušan Janák, Ph.D.
Prof. PhDr. Hynek Jeřábek, CSc.
PhDr. Helena Kubátová, Ph.D.
PhDr. Alena Miltová, CSc.
Mgr. Miroslav Paulíček, Ph.D.
PhDr. Iva Šmídová, Ph.D.
Doc. Milan Tuček, CSc.
Doc. PhDr. Jan Váně, Ph.D.
PhDr. Kazimír Večerka, CSc.