Shabby Communities. Structural Violence and Less than Obvious Mechanisms that Spoil Science




philosophy of science, institutional violence, stress management, social influence, glass ceiling, experts’ assessment


Different social groups functioning as authorities for the masses do not fulfil their roles; they represent wrong, often illegal roles and through manipulation, endeavour to attract others to their side. The ones who reveal these activities are seen as independent media and journalists, however, when confronted by the authorities, are revealed not to always have the desired effect of punishing the guilty. A particular case is a scientific environment that does not implement its worthy cause and even renounces it because of pressure from the authorities and/or work environment or simply to pursue its own ambitions, contrary to the very idea of science it claims to represent. Thus, the independence of a researcher and the objectivity of research results are at stake. Some researchers prove their incompetence in areas that should form the basis of their work, such as the English language, the lack of which makes it impossible to promote results internationally and to further the latest developments outside one’s own language area. The elite structures are also often closed, thereby preventing the development of other researchers who could become competitors or alternative opinion holders. The criteria for the evaluation of achievements by being inconsistent becomes hard to question; the key to entering this closed structure thereby seems to be the submissiveness of a researcher, as institutional violence, because of subjective and trivial reasons, puts the skids under development opportunities. The blocking of development and other pathologies in the scientific community are also common in the local communities that still function in spite of their incompetence.


Download data is not yet available.

Author Biography

  • Aleksander Kobylarek, University of Wrocław, Institute of Pedagogy, ul. Dawida 1/3

    PhD in humanities, assistant professor at the University of Wrocław (Poland) in Departament of Pedagogy, manager of the University of the Third Age in the University of Wrocław up to 2016, author of more than 100 scientific publications, including articles, books, chapters, editor-in-chief of international scientific "Journal of Education Culture and Society" and "Ogrody Nauk i Sztuk (Gardens of Science and Arts).


de Solla Price, D. J. (1963). Little Science, Big Science ... and Beyond. University Press.

García Martín, J., Morales Rojas, A., & Králik, R. (2021) The Kantian ethical perspective seen from the existential philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard’s Victor Eremita. Ethics & Bioethics, 11(1- 2), 48-57.

Goćkowski, J. (1984). Autorytety Świata Uczonych [Authorities in the Academic World]. Państwowy Instytut Wydawniczy.

Goffman, E. (1961). Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

Hirigoyen, M. F. (2001). Malaise Dans le Travail. Harcelement Moral. Démeler le Vrai du Faux. Syros.

Jałowiecki, B. (2002). Reguły Działania w Społeczeństwie i w Nauce. Szkice Socjologiczne [Rules for Operating in Society and Science. Sociological Sketches]. Scholar.

Janis, I. (1972). Victims of Groupthink: A Psychological Study of Foreign-Policy Decisions and Fiascoes. Houghton Mifflin.

Jashapara, A. (2004). Knowledge Management: An Integrated Approach. Pearson Education.

Judak, V., Mahrik, T., Nowak, J., Hlad, Ľ., & Akimjakova, B. (2022). Current crisis leadership in the light of the religious paradigm in the context of the Moses example. Acta Missiologica, 16(2), 99-115.

Kondrla, P. (2023). Sustainability Values in Religious Education. Journal of Education Culture and Society, 14(1), 19–32.

Kondrla, P., & Pavlikova, M. (2016). From formal ethics to existential ethics. European Journal of Science and Theology, 12(3), 101-111.

Kondrla, P., & Török, L. (2016). Objective faith and weak truth. European Journal of Science and Theology, 13(1), 79-86.

Králik, R. (2017). Søren Kierkegaard’s influence on the thinking of Karol Nandrásky. European Journal of Science and Theology, 13(1), 25-34.

Králik, R., & Máhrik, T. (2019). Interpersonal relationship as the basis of student moral formation. In L. G. Chova, A. L. Martínez, A., & I. C. Torres (Eds.), ICERI2019 Proceedings: 12th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (pp. 8901-8903) IATED Publications.

Králik, R., & Török, L. (2016a). “The Moment” Kierkegaard’s attack upon Christendom. European Journal of Science and Theology, 12(3), 45-53.

Králik, R., & Török, L. (2016b). Concept of relationship God-man in Kierkegaard’s writing “What we learn from the lilies in the field and from the birds in the air”. European Journal of Science and Theology, 12(3), 65-74.

Krimsky, S. (2004). Science in the private interest. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Kuhn, T. (1962). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. University of Chicago Press.

Popper, K. (1962). Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge. Basic Books.

Roubalová, M., Hlad, Ľ., Šuráb, M., Maturkanič, P., & Králik, R. (2023). Teologické důrazy zákazu přijímat úplatek v kontextu Tanachu a Rabínské tradice. [Theological implications of the prohibition of accepting bribes in the context of Tanakh and Rabbinic tradition]. Historia Ecclesiastica, 14(1), 179-200.

Roubalová, M., Judák, V., Maturkanič, P., Podhorec, I., & Králik, R. (2023). Zákaz krádeže/loupeže v Tanachu a v Rabínském právu [Prohibition of theft/robbery in Rabbinic law and Tanakh]. Historia Ecclesiastica, 14(2), 253-266.

Sokal, A., & Bricmont, J. (1998). Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals Abuse of Science. Picador.

Woodward, B. (2020). Rage. Simon & Schuster.




How to Cite

Kobylarek, A. (2024). Shabby Communities. Structural Violence and Less than Obvious Mechanisms that Spoil Science. Journal of Education Culture and Society, 15(1), 7-15.

Most read articles by the same author(s)

1 2 > >>