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Class and conformism: A comparison of four Western countries
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Sociology.
2005 (English)In: European Societies, ISSN 1461-6696, Vol. 7, no 2, 255-286 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper compares class patterns of 'conformism' in four Western countries, taking as its point of departure arguments, which suggest that conformism/authoritarianism is more prevalent in the working class than other classes. Data from the International Social Survey Program (ISSP) are used in order to compare class attitudes towards sexual behaviour and civil rights/liberties, in Britain, Germany, Sweden and the United States. This study finds that class patterns in attitudes differ little between the countries in question, although aggregated levels vary quite substantially. It is also concluded that class differences in attitudes towards civil rights/liberties are almost exclusively a result from different levels of education, while significant class differences in attitudes towards sexual activities remain also after taking education levels into account. The implications of the results for social stratification and political articulation are discussed.

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2005. Vol. 7, no 2, 255-286 p.
Keyword [en]
class, attitudes, comparative, sex, conformism, civil rights, civil liberties, morality
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-13152DOI: doi:10.1080/14616690500083493OAI: diva2:152823
Available from: 2007-05-03 Created: 2007-05-03 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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