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Livsfas eller generation?: ungas attityder till välfärdsstatliga utgifter
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2004 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, no 3, 55-73 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Young people’s attitudes towards the Swedish welfare state’s expenditures are scrutinized in this study. Data from Statistic’s Sweden Survey of Living Conditions was used and a total of 5.732 respondents aged 19 to 65, out of which 1.106 were aged 19-30 years old, answered questions regarding what expenditures they considered should increase or decrease.

The results show that there is self-interest in attitudes to the distribution of expenditures and substantial age-differences. Young people were more positive concerning expenditures towards the support argued important for establishment. Actual monetary transfer was not distinguishing between ages, therefore the situation of real or potential risk-exposure characteristic for youth was argued what was explaining the age-difference in attitudes.

The results support the life-phase effect rather than the generation effect – individualization’s achievement orientation – in the distribution of attitudes towards the Swedish welfare state’s expenditures.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Sociologiska institutionen, Umeå universitet , 2004. no 3, 55-73 p.
Keyword [en]
Youth, attitudes, welfare state, individualization, generation
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-12145OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-12145DiVA: diva2:151816
Available from: 2007-06-21 Created: 2007-06-21 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Becoming an Adult: Living Conditions and Attitudes among Swedish Youth
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Becoming an Adult: Living Conditions and Attitudes among Swedish Youth
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis studies youth from different perspectives. These are the life phaseand the generational perspectives, which have been studied via questions of establishment and individualisation. The main question is whether young people are different because they have not made socially important transitions into adulthood or if they are different because they have grown up under different circumstances than earlier generations. The consequences of the outcome are important because they can indicate what kind of society young people will reproduce. The following conclusions are drawn: First, there are clear effects of social structurations (class of origin and gender) in the lives of young people. They affect the distribution of attitudes towards welfare state expenditures as well as the economic effects in a long-term perspective. Second, there is rather weak importance of role transitions in relation to what young people believe is important for adulthood, role transitions’ importance for the distribution of attitudes towards the welfare state as well as role transitions’ importance in a long-term perspective. Third, increasing age and subtle socialisation processes may be an explanation to the rather weak meaning of role transitions, cause adjustments to surrounding contexts and people’s expectations. It is concluded that the life phase perspective is a more accurate way of viewing young people, mainly because of the impact of social structurations, which are believed to contribute to continuous reproduction rather than complete change of society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Sociologi, 2005. 140 p.
Series
Akademiska avhandlingar vid Sociologiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, ISSN 1104-2508 ; 37
Keyword
Sociology, youth, transitions, individualisation, life phase, life-course, welfare state, attitudes, social structuration, Sociologi
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-522 (URN)91-7305-814-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2005-05-20, Hörsal E, Humanisthuset, Umeå, 13:15
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Available from: 2005-04-28 Created: 2005-04-28 Last updated: 2011-03-10Bibliographically approved

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