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By Silke I. Keil, Oscar W. Gabriel

This comparative research examines what sorts of societal forces form ecu relationships in the direction of democratic political lifestyles in modern Europe.

Drawing on information from the ecu Social Survey (ESS), the ebook develops a theoretical point of view at the dating among social constitution and democracy and hyperlinks this to analyze on social capital and political behaviour. The authors discover the influence of person social features on a extensive diversity of the Europeans’ political attitudes and behaviours. They examine how the social place of the participants within the eu societies contributes to the reason of the nationwide and cross-national styles of political engagement, addressing belief within the social and political atmosphere, lifestyles delight, celebration personal tastes and attitudes in the direction of migration and migrants.

Providing unique descriptions of the similarities and changes one of the numerous ecu publics at first of the 21<SUP>st</SUP> century, Society and Democracy in Europe can be of robust curiosity to scholars and students of ecu politics, political participation and political sociology.

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We subsequently focus on the family and workplace as mechanisms of social integration, and also on participation in informal social contacts. Family structure has greatly changed over the last three decades, due to a combination of social and economic developments. Amongst other things, the expansion of education and vocational training, increased occupational orientation of women, other requirements of the working environment or urbanization processes have contributed to a change in the structure and function of families.

1. Sources: ESS 2002, 2004, 2006. 10 Social contacts (%) Introduction 29 The class structure of society was defined as antagonism between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-­nots’, with only a small segment of the public not fitting into that cleavage structure. The socio-­economic cleavage also had a cultural component, separating the working class subculture from the dominant bourgeois values, norms and attitudes (Lipset/Rokkan 1967; Lane/Ersson 1989). Along with the transition from a rural–agrarian to an industrial–urban society, a process of cultural modernization and secularization led to the enhancement of values such as individual liberty, scientific rationality, economic progress and growth, individual achievement, working discipline and so on.

Whether that optimistic assumption holds true is dependent on the normative standards used to describe a just and stable democracy and needs, moreover, to be validated by empirical research. In any case, the social capital view about the contribution of informal networks and voluntary association to social cohesion and performance constitutes a significance element in the interplay between social structure and democratic government. What then are the most important institutions of social integration, and how widespread is integration in and through those institutions among the Europeans?

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