This publication has several modest goals:
We shall describe how we conceptualised religious memory for the purposes of qualitative and quantitative survey research, and we shall explain how we operationalised religious communicative and cultural memory and why we believe that the questionnaire we designed and present here can also be applied in other contexts outside Czech society.
Given the volume of data we obtained, we want to present at least a portion of our results and show what types of findings were achieved through our conceptualisation and operationalisation of religious memory.
Finally, we want to present non-Czech-speaking readers with a comprehensive work describing changes in religiosity in Czech society, in this case from the perspective of memory studies. In other words, we want to offer an international audience a piece of work broader than just a journal article focusing on the study of religion in the Czech Republic.
Jan Váně (*1976) is Charman of the Department of Sociology, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. He concentrates on comparative research in the field of sociology of religion (individualization, intergenerational transmission of religiosity, religious cultural memory, transformation of religious communities); sociology of education (creation and choice of educational strategies on the part of the actor and the system) and problems of homelessness and social services provided to socially disadvantaged groups. He also focuses on social theories emphasizing the issue of justice and methodological innovation in research.
Dušan Lužný (*1964), is Charman of the Department of of Sociology and Andragogy Palacký University in Olomouc. His research is focused on sociology of religion, new religious movements and sociological theory.
František Kalvas (*1975) works as assistant professor at Department of Socialogy at University of West Bohemia. He studies the public opinion formation processes (mainly spiral of silence, agenda-setting, and framing), religious collective memory, and cooperative behaviour. He is methodologically focused on agent-based modelling, survey data analysis (including panel data), and Q-methodology. In the field of applied reserch, he is specialised on quality assurance of university education, and social services evaluation.
Martina Štípková (*1985) studied sociology and demography. She does quantitative research on family, health, and social stratification. In her Ph.D. research she studied causes of the spread on non-marital childbearing in the Czech Republic and consequences of this trend on health of newborns. Her current project focuses on the dynamic of partnership among the elderly. Her research interests also include socioeconomic inequality in health, impact of parental breakdown on children, or grandparenting.
Veronika Hásová (*1989), is interested in topics such as religion and revitalization of communities in the context of actual social trends. She works with qualitative and quantitative methods, especially she uses ethnographic approach and regression models. In her current research she focuses on the role and definition of community in the Czech individualized environment.