Call for the next issue of Slovak Ethnology/Slovenský národopis, volume 67, number 2/2019

Generations and intergenerational relationships
This issue of Slovak Ethnology/Slovenský národopis will focus on the research of generations and intergenerational relationships


Guest editors: Ľubica Voľanská, Marcela Káčerová, Juraj Majo

In everyday language the notion of generation is used to try to explain the differences between groups of people of similar age and to place individual selves on a historical timeline. However, the concepts of “generation” used by various disciplines are very varied. The most widespread is the concept inspired by demography describing the average period during which children are born, grow up, become adults, and begin to have children of their own, generally considered to be about twenty or thirty years. In the Mannheimian tradition generations can be understood as large social groups that as subjects were formed both by a significant social event and by a combination of changed social conditions that create a specific generational social climate.[1]

Generations are structured by individual preconditions as well as social and family background intertwined with the realms of ethnicity, religion, education, profession and political attitudes. However, generational competence is just one of the foundations of one’s life orientation. Although the same event is experienced by a particular generational group, it can be internalized differently and therefore creates the basis of intra-generational contradictions. In this manner it constructs the source of generational and social development.

According to Sarah Lamb (2015): “The concept of generation has been used by anthropologists to explain social change over time, to examine the ways people organize and envision intergenerational ties within the family, to explore principles of social organization beyond the family, and to identify differences among members of a society.”[2] [2] However, the neglect of this topic parallels the lack of attention paid to the social significance of age in the ethnological/social anthropological research more generally.
With this issue we would like to contribute to the understanding of key anthropological issues as the interplay between the social and the biological, the intersection of the personal and social realm as well as the relationship between the history and individual life course.
The journal invites analytic, theoretical or synthetic articles, research reports, essays and discussions in the fields of ethnology, social and cultural anthropology and related scholarly disciplines, focused especially (not, however, exclusively) on the following issues:

  • The use and abuse of generational labelling
  • Generations in various settings (social security, care, workplace, academia, art, family...)
  • Rethinking the Generation Gap
  • Intra-generational contradictions
  • Independency and interdependency in various inter-generational settings (family, community, society)
  • Skip-Generation relationships
  • Demographic aspects of generation replacement
  • Generations and memory
  • Cultural and moral values surrounding the intergenerational relationships

Final date for abstracts: 15. 11. 2018
Only authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper. An invitation to submit a full paper does not constitute a commitment for publication; all papers will be subject to anonymous peer review following the submission.
Final date for papers: 15. 2. 2019
Please send your abstracts and papers as an e-mail attachment to the editors, at: 

The issue of Slovak Ethnology will be supported by the project STARCI – Intergenerational social networks in an aging city, continuity and innovation, APVV-15-0184, 2016 – 2020.

[1] Mannheim, K. (1952). "The Problem of Generations". In: P. Kecskemeti, Essays on the Sociology of Knowledge: Collected Works, Volume 5. New York: Routledge. p. 276–322.

[2] Lamb, S. (2015). Generation in Anthropology. In: J. D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 9., Oxford: Elsevier, p. 853–856.