1st Edition

Values and Identities in Europe Evidence from the European Social Survey

Edited By Michael J. Breen Copyright 2017
    340 Pages
    by Routledge

    340 Pages 124 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    1 The Significance of the European Social Survey Michael J. Breen

    Section I Religious Identity

    2 The Declining Significance of Religion: Secularization in Ireland Ryan Cragun

    3 Religiosity and Political Participation across Europe Anna Kulkova

    4 Religion and Values in the ESS: Individual and Societal Effects Caillin Reynolds

    Section II Social Identity

    5 Work–Life Conflict of Working Couples Before and During the Crisis in 18 European Countries Michael Ochsner and Ivett Szalma

    6 A Tale of Two Surveys Amy Erbe Healy and Sean Ó Rian

    7 Societal-Level Equality and Well-Being Marguerite Beattie

    Section III Political Identity and Security

    8 Corruption in European Countries: A Cross-National Comparison Krystina Chabova

    9 Changing Tendencies of Youth Political Participation in Europe: Evidence from Four Different Cases Dàniel Oross and Andrea Szabó

    10 Untangling our Attitudes Towards Irish Citizen Involvement and Democracy: Perspectives from the European Social Survey and Implications for Higher Education Aoife Prendergast

    Section IV Familial Identity

    11 Fatherhood in Russia: Fertility Decisions and Ideational Factors Alexandra Lipasova

    12 Well-Being in Married and Cohabiting Families with Children and Social Support during Economic Recession in Europe Mare Ainsaar

    13 How to Measure Fathering Practices in a European Comparison? Ivett Szalma and Judit Takács

    Section V Methodological Issues

    14 How Do Reluctant Respondents Assess Governmental Protection Against Poverty? Helge Baumann

    15 Combining Multiple Datasets for Simultaneous Analysis on the Basis of Common Identifiers: A Case Study from the European Social Survey and the European Values Study Brendan Halpin and Michael J. Breen

    16 Using Mixed Modes in Survey Research: Evidence from Six Experiments in the ESS, Ana Villar and Rory Fitzgerald


    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.