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Catholic Church in the Czech Rpublic and Public Agenda Setting

Citace: VÁNĚ, J., KALVAS, F. Catholic Church in the Czech Rpublic and Public Agenda Setting. Belfast, 2014.
Druh: PŘEDNÁŠKA, POSTER
Jazyk publikace: eng
Anglický název: Catholic Church in the Czech Rpublic and Public Agenda Setting
Rok vydání: 2014
Autoři: Doc. PhDr. Jan Váně Ph.D. , PhDr. Mgr. František Kalvas Ph.D.
Abstrakt EN: The aim of this poster presentation is the analysis of strategies, which the Catholic Church in the Czech Republic uses for setting public agenda. These strategies are examined according to modern findings of the sociology of media and religion. We apply agenda-setting theoretical concepts and terms on the case of the Catholic Church in the Czech Republic. We collected semi-structured interviews with informants (A) from higher or lower strata of the Church structure and (B) very or not much attractive to media. Majority of Church agenda issues belongs to cathegory ?Speak in favor of marginalized groups?. Marginalization has several dimmensions here: physical, psychic, economic, social and symbolic. We describe following strategies that Church uses to set such issues in public agenda: (1) Vertical strategy ? because the Czech Catholic Church intends to set policy agenda through laics active in the top of political hierarchy. (2) Horizontal strategies ? the Czech Catholic Church intends to set public agenda through (A) interpersonal communication between laics and mass public and (B) support of religious movements, which make issues from the Church agenda visible in the public sphere. 3) Media strategies ? because the Czech Catholic Church intends to set public agenda through the media agenda. Media are addressed (A) by the mean of press releases and (B) by the mean of personality both connected with Church institution and attractive to the media. Position of such a personality is discussed in detail.
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