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Webinar: Value changes in pandemic times

On Friday, 27th of November at 10 (CET), the Romanian Group for Studying Social Values organizes the webinar “Value changes in pandemic times“.

The webinar brings together scholars from the community studying social values, and contributes to understanding the changes that Covid19 brought to the social fabric.

Four academic presentations are proposed:

  • Tim Reeskens10, Quita Muis10, Inge Sieben10, Leen Vandecasteele11, Ruud Luijkx10 & Loek Halman10 Stability or change of public opinion and values during the coronavirus crisis? Exploring Dutch longitudinal panel data (Full paper here)
  • 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)
  • Bogdan Voicu1,2, Edurne Bartolomé Peral3, Horațiu Rusu2,1, Gergely Rosta4,5, Mircea Comșa6, Octavian-Marian Vasile1,7, Lluís Coromina 8, Claudiu D. Tufis9. COVID-19 and orientations towards solidarity. The cases of Spain, Hungary, and Romania (Full paper available soon)

All presentations are based on accepted papers in a special issue of European Societies.

There are allotted 20 minutes for presentation, followed by 15 minutes for questions, comments, and answers. A final discussion of common messages in the papers will be delivered by Vera Lomazzi13.

Attending the webinar is free, but registration is necessary.

The event is supported by the Romanian Quantitative Studies Association and the Research Institute
for Quality of Life
 (Grant GAR-UM-2019-XI-5.3-9).

Affiliations of the authors:
1
Romanian 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

Webinar on Results in ITaly

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.

Video now available here.

How Italians change. Values and attitudes from the eighties to today

The joint EVS-WVS Italian team published the book “Come cambiano gli italiani, Valori e atteggiamenti dagli anni Ottanta a oggi” (How Italians change. Values and attitudes from the eighties to today).

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.

Edited by Ferruccio Biolcati, Giancarlo Rovati and Paolo Segatti, the book includes chapters drafted by members of the Italian team and other Italian value scholars.

CfP: Changing values in a changing world?

The Italian team of EVS/WVS launched a call for papers for the special issue of the Italian journal “Quaderni di Sociologia

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.

Editors: Ferruccio Biolcati Università degli Studi di Milano, Giancarlo Rovati Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Paolo Segatti Università degli Studi di Milano).

Data available via GESIS Data Search (EVS2017 ; EVS 1981-2008)

Timeline:

Abstracts of 500 words accompanied by 5 keywords should be submitted to ferruccio.biolcati@unimi.it, giancarlo.rovati@unicatt.it (cc: paola.borgna@unito.it) 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.

Other than turbo-capitalism, Italian think green

Altro che turbocapitalismo, think

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.

Italians look for security

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.

EVS2017: Results from a Survey Experiment on Social Distance in Italy

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.

Second Italian Conference of EVS-WVS

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