Category Archives: Romania

Are adult children owed to help their parents?

The Romanian Group for the Study of Social Values recently posted on its YouTube channel a podcast by Bogdan Voicu about the relationship of adult children – parents. The podcast is in Romanian but English subtitles are available.

Placing the discussion in the context of the so-called gratitude law initiative, Romanians’ views on helping parents are presented, using data collected during EVS 2018. The proposal was withdrawn, but the mere appearance of the initiative shows how relevant it is to discuss the topic in the Romanian space. EVS 2018 data brings information in this regard.

Almost 100 Romanian MPs initiated in early summer 2019 a law that was supposed to force adult children to take care of their parents. The law remained a simple unfollowed project. However, its mere existence makes the debate useful. The Romanian team of EVS contributes to the discussion, by providing basic information resulting from EVS 2018.

Teachers’ values in Romania

In a recent editorial on the website avocatnet.ro, Claudiu Tufis (Member of EVS Romania), commented a recent study investigating Romanian teachers‘ values and make a comparison with the broader population’s attitudes (when the same items were used) with data from EVS 2017. He found that

  1. Teachers are in fact more tolerant and more democratic than the general population. With differences in favor of teachers from 6% (rejection of neighboring Roma) and up to 31% (acceptance of homosexuality).
  2. Furthermore, teachers are more tolerant and more democratic even when compared to the population with higher education. In the case of Roma neighbors, the difference is not significant, but in all other cases, the difference is large enough to be significant.

As compared to the whole population or to the higher education population, teachers are one of the few factors that slowly help to democratize the population of Romania.

The article, in Romanian language, is available here.

5th International Conference of the Romanian Sociologists Society: Sections on social values

The call for papers for the 5th International Conference of the Romanian Sociologists Society includes two relevant sessions for the study of values and value change. They are both organized by EVS national partners: Bogdan Voicu (NPD of Romania) and Beatrice Chromková Manea (member of the Czech Team):

  • Trends in societal change. New data from European Values Study and World Values Survey,  Prof. Bogdan Voicu, Research Institute for Quality of Life & Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
  • Value change, solidarity and identity issues in a changing world,  Dr. Beatrice Chromková Manea, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.

Read the full call here.
Proposals can be submitted by May 15th.

The conference “Living in a liquid Society” offers a broader program which includes as keynote speakers Prof. Herman Dülmer, Prof. Bogdan Voicu, Prof. David Voas, and Prof. Cosima  Rughinis.