Drawing on the extensive data of the European Social Survey, it presents insightful analyses of social attitudes, organised around the themes of religious identity, political identity, family identity and social identity, together with a section on methodological issues.
Contrary to what is suggested in media and popular discourses, Europe is neither a monolithic entity nor simply a collection of nation states. It is, rather, a union of millions of individuals who differ from one another in a variety of ways while also sharing many characteristics associated with their ethnic, social, political, economic, religious or national characteristics. This book explores differences and similarities that exist in attitudes, beliefs and opinions on a range of issues across Europe. Drawing on the extensive data of the European Social Survey, it presents insightful analyses of social attitudes, organised around the themes of religious identity, political identity, family identity and social identity, together with a section on methodological issues. A collection of rigorously analysed studies on national, comparative and pan-European levels, Values and Identities in Europe offers insight into the heart and soul of Europe at a time of unprecedented change. As such, it will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in social attitudes, social change in Europe, demographics and survey methods.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables Notes on contributors Foreword (Peter Farago) Preface (Michael Breen) Acknowledgements Chapter 1 The Significance of the European Social Survey, (Michael Breen) Section I Religious identity Chapter 2 Predictors of Religious Exiting in Ireland: What can the six waves of the ESS tell us?, (Ryan Cragun) Chapter 3 Religiosity and Political Participation across Europe, (Anna Kulkova) Chapter 4 Religion and Values in the ESS: Individual and Societal Effects, (Caillin Reynolds) Section II Social Identity Chapter 5 Work-life conflict of working couples before and during the crisis in 20 European countries, (Michael Ochsner and Ivett Szalma) Chapter 6 A Tale of Two Surveys: Using the European Social Survey and the European Working Conditions Survey to Predict Welfare Attitudes by Work Regime, (Amy Erbe Healy & Sean O Rian) Chapter 7 Income equality predicts subjective well- being even after controlling for income internationally, (Marguerite Mary Beattie) Section III Political Identity & Security Chapter 8 Corruption in European Countries: A Cross-National Comparison, (Krystina Chabova) Chapter 9 Changing tendencies of youth political participation in Europe: evidence from three different cases, (Daniel Oross and Andrea Szabo) Chapter 10 Untangling our attitudes towards Irish Citizen Involvement and Democracy - Perspectives from the European Social Survey, (Aoife Prendergast) Section IV Familial Identity Chapter 11 Fatherhood in Russia: Fertility Decisions and Ideational Factors, (Alexandra Lipasova) Chapter 12 Well-being in married and cohabiting families with children and social support during economic recession in Europe, (Mare Ainsaar) Chapter 13 European fathers` involvement in the family sphere in an international comparison, (Ivett Szalma and Judit Takacs) Section V Methodological Issues Chapter 14 How do reluctant respondents assess governmental protection against poverty?, (Helge Baumann) Chapter 15 Using multiple datasets for common analysis on the basis of common identifiers: A case study from the European Social Survey and the European Values Study, (Brendan Halpin and Michael Breen) Chapter 16 Using mixed modes in survey data research: Results from six experiments, (Ana Villar and Rory Fitzgerald) Index