Group strategies of local communities in Slovakia facing social threats
IntroductionThe transformation of Slovak society, the direction and design of which were determined in the late 1980s and early 1990s, represents an opportunity for the renaissance of local community and the solution of social problems according to the principle of subsidiarity. But the period has also seen the reappearance of social problems and dangers hitherto forgotten or suppressed.This chapter focuses on the basic strategies of selected local communities that found themselves facing social threats. The aim of the research summarised here was to find out how local communities cope with the problems of economic transition and which conditions (social, institutional, organisational and cultural) either facilitate or hinder their adaptation. Consequently we are concerned with collective social activities oriented toward the solution of social problems and threats impacting on the whole community. The analysis should enable the identification of:
For the purposes of this research 'local community' is defined as a territorially distinct self-governing social group
|• ||collective social activities and group strategies that a local community applies in order to eliminate social threats and seek opportunities for development;|
|• ||resources that a local community can locate and mobilise to cope with changes in life chances and development opportunities.|
|• ||within which members satisfy their basic needs, create a net of mutual social relations, share a common bond to the territory on which they live and ascribe a mutual significance and sense of belonging to the local community;|
|• ||within which primary and informal groups, associations, organisations and institutions develop their activity and interact with one another;|
|• ||the life of which is organised by the smallest unit of self-government (the municipal council), whose task is to coordinate the pursuit of|
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Book title: Local Communities and Post-Communist Transformation: Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Contributors: Simon Smith - Editor.
Publisher: Routledge Courzon.
Place of publication: London.
Publication year: 2003.
Page number: 184.
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