This volume presents the beliefs and values of people in European countries and the trends that appeared at turn of the century. Based on survey data from the 1981, 1990, 1999, and 2008 values studies in Europe, trends in human values are examined concerning important life domains such as religion and morality, primary relations and family life, work and leisure time, society and political culture. It shows the cultural varieties and similarities in value profiles of the Europeans at the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st century.
Ruud Luijkx, Ph.D. (1994), Tilburg University, is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. He is an Associate Member of Nuffield College, Oxford, and a Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology and Sociological Research at the University of Trento, Italy. His publications are in the field of social stratification and mobility, categorical data analysis, and international comparative databases.
Loek Halman, Ph.D. (1991), Tilburg University, is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. His publications focus on values, beliefs and attitudes in contemporary society and the dynamics of value change.
Inge Sieben, Ph.D. (2001), Nijmegen University, is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. She is co-author of The Atlas of European Values: Trends and Traditions at the turn of the Century (Brill, 2011).
Evelyn Brislinger, Dipl.-Soz. (1978), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, is a senior project manager at the GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences”. She coordinates the data management and processing for various national and international survey programs and is in charge of the publication of EVS data and documentation.
Markus Quandt, Ph.D. (1996), GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, is head of the Research Data Center International Survey Programs at GESIS. He is involved in the management of various international survey programs and has worked and published on data infrastructures, data harmonization, measurement equivalence of comparative data, and topics in political sociology.
All those interested in European society, the rich cultural patterns of European societies and the varieties and similarities in value patterns and trends in a broad range of life spheres in contemporary Europe.