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Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

Why So Easily . . . Some Family Reasons for the Velvet Revolution

A Sociological Essay

Translated by Phil Jones
A famed essay examines the Velvet Revolution from a sociological perspective.
Thirty-two years after its initial publication, this respected sociological essay, written in the history-making years of 1989 and 1990, is available for the first time in English. The essay tells the story of a despotic Socialist state expropriating the family (and with it the private sphere of life) only to be colonized by the very thing it expropriated forty years later. The essay plunges the reader into the pivotal time of the Velvet Revolution and provides valid explanations for the grassroots causes of the old regime’s downfall, examining the private aspirations and strategies of highly disparate groups of nameless social actors of the old regime that eventually sapped almost everyone of any interest in keeping the regime afloat.

Table of Contents


Preface to the third edition

Preface to the second edition
What we didn’t know ten years ago

Preface to the first edition

Chapter One
Why so late?

The Catch in the Functional Analysis of the Family
(An essay written in spring 1989)

Chapter Two
How could it have happened so smoothly?

Chapter Three
Now what?



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