Odjel za sociologiju

Current activities

Saša Božić, PhD along with Simona Kuti, PhD participated on VIII National Congress of the Croatian Sociological Association, Hrvatsko društvo i COVID-19 pandemija: kriza kao prilika? /Croatian Society and COVID-19 Pandemic: Crisis as an Opportunity/ 20-21 May 2021, online conference "Rekonfiguracija društvenog prostora nakon pandemije bolesti COVID-19: globalizacija-deglobalizacija ili višerazinska kompleksnost?"/Reconfiguration of Societal Space after COVID-19 pandemic: Globalisation-Deglobalisation or Multilevel Complexity?. 


The project "Social stratification in Croatia: structural and subjective aspects" has finished

The project "Social stratification in Croatia: structural and subjective aspects" was a three-year project co-funded by the Croatian Science Foundation and the University of Zadar which formally ended in December 2020. The general objective of the project was to contribute to reviving class analysis in Croatia, both theoretically and empirically, since there had been a gap in this research field in Croatia since the late 1980s.

The approach to social class analysis advanced in the project was inspired by Bourdieu’s work on social inequalities, particularly in “La Distinction” (1979) and “Weight of the World: Social Suffering in Contemporary Society” (1993). It is argued that his approach, which maps and explores class divisions based on the distribution of economic, cultural and social capital, gives a more multi-dimensional understanding of social hierarchy than studies which focus only on the occupational and property dimensions of class. However, as part of the project a bourdieusian approach was compared and contrasted with other traditions of class analysis, acknowledging the richness of contemporary approaches to class including neo-Marxist and neo-Weberian approaches, as well as more micro approaches in class analysis including, for example, research on the “psychic economy of class” (Reay, 2005).

A mixed methods study was conducted as part of the project including questionnaire data on people’s economic, cultural and social capital, as well as occupation and labour conditions, which was collected from a nationally representative sample of people living in Croatia. In addition, over 70 interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of women and men living in different regions of Croatia and occupying different class locations. The purpose of the interviews was to explore how class works biographically, both in terms of self-identification, everyday practices and at times of crisis since a particular objective of the project was to identify the ways in which people occupying different class locations deal with disasters such as floods. Two ethnographic studies, one in a soup kitchen and another in a charity organization, were also conducted in order to explore the class dimension of charitable giving and receiving.

The results of the project have been of interest to scholars engaged in class analysis, policy makers and civil society organisations engaging in social justice agendas.

More information about the project including publications is available at:



Valerija Barada, Ph.D. and Marija Šarić, mag. soc. participated in the 39th International Labour Process Conference “Security in Work? The workplace after COVID-19”

Together they presented a paper titled “Olders caring for the elderly: circular migration of older women as an alternative strategy to unemployment or retirement“.

With co-atuhors Ivana Jugović, Ph.D. from the Institute of social research in Zagreb and Jaka Primorac, Ph.D. from The Institute for Development and International Relations, Valerija presented another paper titles „Employment and class do not matter. Gender Differences in Housework and Care Work in Croatia“.

International Labour Process Conference is organized every year and covers topics from the sociology of work, industrial relations and labour process. This year it was organized at the University of Greenwich, London, from 12.-14. April 2021., but was organized virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More on this conference can be found on the link: https://www.ilpc.org.uk/ILPC-2021/Overview


Presentations at the 8th mid-term conference of the ESA Sociology of Culture research network (RN7)

Krešimir Krolo, Sven Marcelić, Željka Tonković and Mirko Petrić presented at the 8th mid-term conference "En-Compass-ing Culture(s): Beyond East/West and South/North" of the European Sociological Association's Sociology of Culture research network (RN7) (10-12 March 2021, Helsinki, Finland).

Doc. dr. sc. Krešimir Krolo, doc. dr. sc. Sven Marcelić and doc. dr. sc. Željka Tonković presented three papers in co-autorship: Value orientations of Croatian youth as a predictor in taste of television genres; Banal cosmopolitanism? What values have to do with cultural practices and taste; Between global and local: Cultural map of Croatian urban youth. Their presentations resulted from the empirical research on cultural consumption and values of youth in major cities of Adriatic Croatia. Findings from this research have been recently published in a book Classical music, punk and "cajke": Cultural capital and youth values in cities on the Adriatic coast (in Croatian) and The great divide? Cultural capital as a predictor of television preferences among Croatian youth (Poetics, 2020, doi:10.1016/j.poetic.2019.101400.

Mr. sc. Mirko Petrić, in coauthorship with prof. dr. sc. Inga Tomić Koludrović and Filip Užarević, Ph.D., presented a papet entitled "Gender and Modernity: Cultural Consumption of Men and Women in Croatia". The presentation was based on the results of empirical research carried out within the Croatian Science Foundation funded project Relational Gender Identities in Croatia: Modernization and Development Perspectives" (GENMOD, HRZZ-IP-2016-06-6010).

Conference programme is available here. https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/encompassing-cultures

Mirko Petrić's presentation at the 11th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research

On March 25th, 2021, Mirko Petrić presented a paper entitled “Decoding culture: creating inclusive cultural policies” at the 11th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research – ICCPR. The conference was organized by Doshisha University, in association with the Japan Association for Cultural Policy Research. It was meant to take place in Kyoto in 2020 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was realized online in March 2021.

Mirko Petrić’s presentation was a part of a peer-reviewed panel in which the research priorities and initial findings of the Horizon 2020 project European Inventory of Societal Values of Culture as a Basis for Inclusive Cultural Policies in the Globalizing World – INVENT were explained and discussed.

You can read more about ICCPR Kyoto 2021 here. Information on Horizon 2020 project INVENT can be found here and here.


Department of Sociology is co-organizing interdisciplinary symposium

Department of Sociology is co-organizing interdisciplinary symposium "Gender in Transformation Processes: Central and Southeast European
Perspectives", coordinated by the Department of Sociology and the Center for Inter-American Studies, both University of Graz, Austria and in collaboration with the Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Split, Croatia.

More on the symposium can be found here: https://fellowship-geschlechterforschung.uni-graz.at/en/news/detail/article/call-for-papers-1/

Call for papers can be found here: https://sociologija.unizd.hr/Portals/13/Gender%20in%20Transformation%20CfP.pdf