The Cultural Diversity of European Unity

Findings, Explanations and Reflections from the European Values Study


This volume deals with the values of the people in contemporary Europe. Using the survey data from the European Values Study, a number of basic values and the dynamics of value change are explored from an economic, political, social, and religious-moral point of view.
Part 1 focuses on Europe’s values from an empirical-analytical, and a historical point of view, and also presents the views of three eminent Europeans.
Part 2 deals with in-depths analyses of European values, based on the empirical data set covering basic orientations in most of the domains of human life.
Part 3 contains reflections on the empirical findings, the value of value research, the hidden assumptions behind it, and the deeper layers of Europe’s position and developments.

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Wil Arts, Ph.D. (1984), Utrecht University, is Professor of General and Theoretical Sociology at Tilburg University, The Netherlands. He has published extensively on cross national differences in social justice, solidarity and values in economic and social life. Jacques A. Hagenaars, Ph.D. (1985), Tilburg University, is Professor of Methodology and Social Statistics. He has published numerous articles and several books on categorical longitudinal data and on log-linear panel, trend, and cohort analyses. Loek Halman, Ph.D. (1991), Tilburg University, is Associate Professor of Sociology at Tilburg University, The Netherlands. His publications focus on values and attitudes in contemporary society and the dynamics of value change.
· Country differences in sex-role attitudes: Cultural and economic explanations (Kalmijn) · Cross-national differences in public consent to divorce: Effects of cultural, structural and compositional factors (Gelissen) · Religious and moral pluralism in contemporary Europe (Draulans, Halman) · Unity produces diversity: The economics of Europe’s social capital (Bovenberg) · European identity and inter-religious dialogue (Hirsch Ballin) · One European world of welfare or many: The role of values, behavior and institutions (Muffels) · European surrogate (Berns) · He who tears down also builds up. Literature and the debate on norms and values (Goedegebuure) · Europe: A question onto itself? (Loose)