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Minorities and Discrimination

We engage in sociological research in order to generate and to spread knowledge on how the world works. The real world, with its inner structures and social forces behind most of our decisions and thoughts. The constant changing and highly sophisticated world of intersected fates and pathways where we shape the lives of others and live the lives shaped by somebody else. The most pressing issues in our societies cannot be apprehended without searching for the roots of the phenomenon in question. The highest rate of emigration among the EU member states that has diminished the whole population of Lithuania by a third in a decade cannot be explained by taking note of differences in wages between Eastern and Western Europe only, highest number of road deaths in the whole of Europe cannot be explained by the fact that consumption of alcohol in Lithuania is one of the highest in the continent, the highest imprisonment rate in the EU cannot be explained by taking into account the only fact that homicide rate in Lithuania is five times higher than the European average. One has to look deeper, to search for the defects in the social mechanism of the country and employ his or her sociological imagination for the best extent possible to find the way that this mechanism could be rectified. Thus every informed social decision-making, be it economic or political, should rest on sociological knowledge and sociology forms the background for many other disciplines.

The world we live in keeps being portrayed every day in our minds as we face TV screens, labyrinth of internet or newspapers sold on the nearest corner. It is a natural intention to take for granted what we are told. Media shapes our world views and directly influences our decisions to act or abstain from acting. This role of the media is even more important in Lithuania, the country that had spent half of the last century getting used to “the truth” pouring from all the media available, the country that is constantly under propaganda pressure coming from neighbors in the East and portraying the whole Western world as pervert and aggressive. It is media studies that reveal why the world is being presented in certain ways and allow some of our understanding of the reality being portrayed.

Media is commonly based on and supports stereotypes and prejudices we are accustomed. In a kind of post-agrarian, patriarchic society of Lithuania centuries-old stereotypes and prejudices are abundant. Lithuania receives much European criticism for the levels of xenophobia and related intolerance, gender issues being among them. Although women take the most important positions in business and government, hold the posts of the President of the Republic, the Chairman of the Parliament, etc., European Institute for Gender Equality is the only institution of the EU that is seated in Vilnius, the issues of glass ceilings and sticky floors in the labor market and drastic numbers of domestic violence stay pervasive. The issues that Lithuanian society faces are being dealt with by amplitude of legal acts and political decisions. However it is sociological knowledge that is to provide the background comprehension of the issues at stake and to empower law and politics with feasible solutions. 




 

 

 

Social Consumption

Social Exclusion

Religion, Politics, and Public Discourse

Perceptions of Inequalities

Equity and Justice

Distant Families

Migration and Public Opinion

Racism and Xenophobia

Social Dimensions of Crime

Democracy and Social Justice

Social Cohesion and Well-Being

Professional and Public Discourse

European Social Model

Intergenerational Equity

Social Unrest

Intercultural Communication

Linguistics and Cultural Diversity

Authoritarian Persistence

Identity Politics

Youth Subcultures

Collective Intelligence

Patrimonialism

Historical Sociology 

Political Communication and the Media

Employment, Family and Social Security

Trust in Political and Legal Institutions

Socialisation of Children in Rural Communities

Women in Physical and Technological Sciences

Social Epidemiology

Media and Entertainment Law 

Postmodern Theory of Mass Media

Behavior and Social Image of Judges

Social Perceptions of Criminal Justice

Sociology of Health

Family-Friendly Organizations

Regulatory Authorities and Supervisory Agencies