Η Ελλάδα στον καθρέφτη της Ευρώπης Εθνικές πολιτικές - πολιτισμικές τάσεις και παγκοσμιοποίηση

English title: Greece Seen at the Mirror of Europe. National Political Cultural Trends and Globalization

Author(s): Y. Voulgaris -

Language: Greek

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2007

Abstract

The article's aim is to contribute to the understanding of the politico-cultural attitudes in today's Greece. The article is based on the results of the European Social Survey. Its first part is a comparative one: The attitudes and value orientations of the Greeks are compared to those of the citizens of other European nations (the comparisons were conducted by using the principal component analysis). It emerges that the Greeks tend to adopt rather conservative positions on most issues and that their distance from the values of individual autonomy, "openness" and change is clearly greater than that of other Europeans. In the second part of the paper, the analysis focuses on the national sample. First, the influence of the self-placement on the left-right spectrum and of several socio-demographic variables on the value systems prevailing in Greece is investigated. Subsequently, the method of cluster analysis is used to classify the Survey respondents into groups according to the configuration of their values and the specific characteristics of each group are examined. Then, the quantitative - statistical findings are being interpreted by means of an historical polilico-sociological analysis that attempts to relate the influence of the general tranformations taking place in the globalisation era to that of the specifically national cultural trends. Finally, the paper proposes an analysis of the values and attitudes of today's Greeks in the light of the evolution of the collective belief systems in the post-junta period. The significance of the changes in the political and cultural attitudes that have taken place during that period emerges quite clearly.

From page no: 41

To page no: 61

Anthology: Society, Citizens and Politics. The European Social Survey.

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