Malina Voicu1 & Delia Bădoi1, Fertility and the COVID-19 crisis: do gender roles really matter? (Full paper here)
Francesco Molteni12, Riccardo Ladini12, Ferruccio Biolcati Rinaldi12, Antonio M. Chiesi12, Giulia Maria Dotti Sani12, Simona Guglielmi12, Marco Maraffi12, Andrea Pedrazzani12, Paolo Segatti12 & Cristiano Vezzoni12. Searching for comfort in religion: insecurity and religious behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy (Full paper here)
Affiliations of the authors: 1Romanian Academy, Research Institute for Quality of Life; 2Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Department of Sociology; 3University of Deusto – Bilbao, Department of International Relations and Humanities; 4Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Institute of Sociology; 5University of Münster; 6Babeș-Bolyai University, Department of Sociology; 7 University of Bucharest, Department of Sociology; 8 University of Girona, Department of Economics; 9 University of Bucharest, Department of Political Science; 10 Tilburg University, Department of Sociology; 11 Institute for Social Sciences at the University of Lausanne; 12 University of Milan, Department of Social and Political Science;13 GESIS Leibniz-Institute for Social Sciences
During the webinar organized by the publisher IlMulino, Ferruccio Biolcati, Giancarlo Rovati and Paolo Segatti, editors of the book based on the EVS/WVS results in Italy (“Come cambiano gli italiani“) will be interviewed on the most relevant aspects of the research. The interview will be streamed on November 19, 2020 at 17.30 on the YouTube and Facebook account of EdizionidelMulino.
How have Italians changed from the 1980s to today? How have Italians’ attitudes towards society, politics, work, family, religion, the European Union, science, the environment changed? Organized in fifteen short chapters dedicated to individual themes of great cultural, social and political relevance, the book presents the unpublished results of a major survey on the values of Europeans and Italians. Thanks to the comparison with similar data from previous research, the authors can conduct an in-depth analysis of the opinions and attitudes of Italians over the last forty years and measure the underlying trends of public opinion and our society over time.
This call for papers aims at gathering methodologically high quality, theoretically based contributions using the EVS-WVS data. The call asks for a special emphasis on Italy and the 2018 round: comparative and longitudinal contributions are welcome. While the editors are interested in all the EVS-WVS topics, they especially aim at collecting papers that address the following themes.
Abstracts of 500 words accompanied by 5 keywords should be submitted to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (cc: email@example.com) by June 30, 2020.
Authors will be notified by the editors concerning the selection of the articles by July 31, 2020.
The deadline for the submission of the full version of the articles is January 31, 2021. Articles of maximum 50.000 characters and written in English or Italian should follow the journal guidelines (https://journals.openedition.org/qds/496).
Communication concerning the peer‐review process will be provided by April 30, 2021. Authors will submit their final versions by July 31, 2021. Publication on issue 1/2022.
For any further information, please contact the editors.
Results from EVS in Italy has been used as a source for a commentary on the Huffington Post focussed on the climate crisis and the need of a change in political priorities. More than 60% of the Italians express strong environmentalist attitudes. As this commentary enlightens, in the face of the choice between economic growth and environmental protection, the response is definitely in favour of the latter, even at the cost of putting in some personal income resource or committing directly.
With a three-pages article, the Italian magazine Sette/Corriere della Sera offers an overview of the results of EVS in Italy commented by the National Program Director Giancarlo Rovati. The Italian respondents appear relatively open to foreigners, very pragmatic and concerned about security. They trust more the European Union (42%) than the national political institutions (28%), but police is strongly trusted by more than 80% of the sample. According to the EVS results, people in Italy is pragmatic and with little ideology when it comes to define national identity: to be Italian “respecting the national law and the political institution” and “speaking the Italian language” are considered important aspects much more than being born in Italy or having Italian acenstry.
Riccardo Ladini (member of the Italian joint team of EVS and WVS) gave a presentation on May 23rd 2019 during his stay as EUROLAB grant holder at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.
In his talk Who do you prefer not to have as a neighbour? An “immigrant” or a “foreign worker”? Evidence from a survey experiment in the Italian edition of the European Values Study – World Values Survey 2017”(with Ferruccio Biolcati-Rinaldi) , he reported the results from a survey experiment carried out in the Italian EVS survey.
Abstract: Since in recent years the salience of the immigration issue has largely increased in the Italian context, as well as in other Western European countries, it is of particular interest to assess the current level of natives’ social distance towards immigrants. In the European Values Study, the most suitable item to measure it brings together different dimensions, by asking individuals whether they would like or not to have “immigrants/foreign workers” as neighbours. Nonetheless, especially in a period where the media tend to refer to immigrants as refugees and not as workers of other nationalities, that item could lead to misleading results since individuals could give a different weight to the “immigrants” and “foreign workers” labels. By means of an experiment in the Italian edition of the European Values Study – World Values Survey 2017, our work aims at overcoming that issue. The experiment consists in randomly varying the formulation of the item: 70% of the sample receives the standard item, while the remaining part of the sample is respectively assigned to “foreign workers” (15 % of the sample) or “immigrants” (15% of the sample) items.
Our contribution has a threefold aim. Substantially, we want to identify and quantify the possible presence of a larger social distance towards those who are simply defined as immigrants, under the assumption that a foreigner is more tolerated when identified as a worker. Methodologically, the work intends to offer a starting point for reflection on the wording of questions on attitudes toward migrants in comparative surveys, by pointing out some limitations of the existent items. Furthermore, the use of experiments in a well-established survey with a high standard in the sampling and in the questionnaire administration allows providing empirical evidence characterized by both a high internal and external validity.
The joint team of EVS-WVS Italy organized a seminar aimed at presenting research based on previous waves of EVS on the ’68 protest movement and generational values differences.
During the event, Italian team members of EVS, WVS and ESS inform about the development of cross-sectional surveys in Italy. The seminar takes place on 13 December in Milan.
Prima sessione – Il Sessantotto tra passato e presente
Giancarlo ROVATI, Vera LOMAZZI La generazione del Sessantotto: dalla condizione giovanile alla condizione adulta Loredana SCIOLLA, Paola TORRIONI Ritorno al passato? La persistenza del tradizionalismo tra i giovani italiani Riccardo LADINI, Cristiano VEZZONI Il Sessantotto tra nostalgia e rifiuto. Una prospettiva sperimentale su come gli italiani guardano al presente e al passato
Second session – International surveys in Italy. News from the field
Ruud LUIJKX Synergies for (Europe’s) research infrastructures in the social sciences: perspectives of integration Ferruccio BIOLCATI RINALDI, Paolo SEGATTI European Values Study / World Values Survey – Italy 2017-2018 Cristiano VEZZONI European Social Survey – Round 9 Italy