1st Edition

Values and Identities in Europe
Evidence from the European Social Survey

Edited By

Michael J. Breen

ISBN 9781138226661
Published January 19, 2017 by Routledge
314 Pages 124 B/W Illustrations

USD $175.00

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Book Description

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)


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 Ó 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, (Dàniel Oross and Andrea Szabó)

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 Takács)

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)


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Michael J. Breen is Chair of the European Social Survey (ESS) and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland.