Inequalities, happiness and societal wellbeing. Addressing Societal Change By Focusing on Public Perceptions

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC55 Social Indicators (host committee)

Language: English

During the last years a vague sense of dissatisfaction with society is spreading in many countries. Impressions of societal malaise are mainly common among the so-called losers of modernity but also the middle classes of society seem to face more constraints in societal well-being. Certain expressions of societal pessimism can be characterized by fears of societal descent, feelings of anomie and decreasing levels of political and personal trust. It is obvious that those restrictions concerning quality of life are also mainly responsible for the rise of populist parties and ethnic prejudice in many societies.

It is necessary to theoretically derive new concepts of quality of society taking these impressions of societal decline adequately into account. In this proposed session we search for innovative approaches to measure and evaluate new cleavages in societal embeddedness and societal belonging in a comparative perspective.  We especially aim for empirical studies which highlight changes in societal wellbeing over the course of the last years and which try to monitor societal change by focusing on attitudinal data concerning societal functioning (e.g. operationalizing value polarizations, aspects of social cohesion or satisfaction and trust with institutions or with society in general). Quantitative researchers trying to analyze the causes of societal pessimism, especially dealing with multifaceted characteristics of subjective crises perceptions or focusing on consequences of those impressions of societal pessimism within single case studies or in a cross-national or cross-cultural perspective are highly welcome to submit their contributions.

Session Organizers:
Wolfgang ASCHAUER, University of Salzburg, Austria, Martin WEICHBOLD, University of Salzburg, Austria and Gaël BRULÉ, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Oral Presentations
The Limits of (In)Equality: Liberalization, Solidarity and Support for Welfare Policy
Nate BREZNAU, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, Germany; Carola HOMMERICH, Hokkaido University, Japan
Expanding Notions of Economic and Subjective Well-Being: A Case Study on Older and Non-Older Australians
Yuvisthi NAIDOO, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia
Conservative Values Vs Liberal Values: Survey and Sociological Study of the Opinions of High School Students at IFC-Ibirama on Contemporary Topics That Divide Brazilian Public Opinion.
Fernando TAQUES, Instituto Federal Catarinense, Brazil; Priscila BRANDAO MARTINS DA NOBREGA, Nucleo de Estudos do Brasil Meridional, Brazil
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