This study presents a detailed comparison of cultural values and attitudes in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, viewed in a broad European context. It is based on survey data covering the period from the 1970s to 2003 but focusing especially on the European Values Study (EVS) as fielded in the two parts of Ireland and in 31 other European societies in 1999-2000. Areas covered in the study include religion, identify, constitutional preferences, family and sexual morality the left-right divide, materialism and postmaterialism, social capital, and attitudes to political institutions and the political system.
‘This study is both important and timely. It compares complex value patterns in Ireland. North and South, and demonstrates their importance for social and political conflict. It also finds elements of a value consensus in other areas such as the family and sexual morality, and more positive attitudes to several aspects of the political system in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. These results should encourage citizens and politicians alike to carry on with the process of peaceful development. The book is a must for all interested in value research and in Ireland’.
Hans-Dieter Klingemann, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB - Social Science Research Centre, Berlin)
"This book makes splendid use of a wide range of survey research on both societies on the island of Ireland. The systematic comparison of attitudes and values between the Republic and Northern Ireland and between both of these and a wife range of European societies is particularly valuable and is a major contribution to the literature."
- Anthony Health, Nuffield College
"This is a magisterial work on the social and political values of the New Ireland, by three of the country’s best social scientists. It is required reading for anyone interested in the social dynamics of Ireland, North and South."
- Ian McAllister, Australian National University