By Alison Park
The British Social Attitudes survey sequence is conducted by means of Britain's biggest autonomous social learn institute, the nationwide Centre for Social examine. It offers an fundamental advisor to present political and social matters in modern Britain. This, the twenty third record, describes the result of the newest nation-wide survey, together with research of the subsequent components: civil liberties; Social identities; incapacity; Political appreciate; Employment relatives and well-being.
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The incidence of religious identity has declined, but it nonetheless remains highly significant for the minority who continue to belong Who do we think we are? The decline of traditional social identities 29 to a religious community. ‘Community is dissolved in the acid bath of competition’ may be a brilliant one-liner, but the reality is that some communities, at least, still matter. Notes 1. For a detailed discussion of the distinction and further references see Marshall et al. (1988). 2. In particular, since the 1970 BES the last sentence of the follow-up question addressed to those who did not say “Yes” has been “If you had to make a choice, would you call yourself middle class or working class” and it is this version that was implemented on our 2005 survey.
The 2005 British Social Attitudes survey asked two relevant questions: Which of these statements best describes your opinion on the present system of governing Britain? Works extremely well and could not be improved Could be improved in small ways but mainly works well Could be improved quite a lot Needs a great deal of improvement Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted, or that you can't be too careful in dealing with people? Who do we think we are? 15 British identity and British attitudes % who think British Free Trial by Monarchy Present identity and speech jury very very/quite system of sense of very important important governing community important Britain works well British; close 31 71 71 47 British; not close 28 70 69 41 Not British 35 74 65 37 All 31 72 69 42 Most people can be trusted Base Base (cols.
Our findings about British national identity are almost the very opposite. The decline in British identity has not been nearly as great as that in religious identity. But at the same time, we have been able to find few subjects on which those who identify themselves as British have particularly distinctive views. A sense of belonging to the ‘imagined community’ of Britain does not seem to have any marked effect on social attitudes. It is not in that sense a powerful normative reference group in the way that religious organisations are.
British Social Attitudes: The 23rd Report by Alison Park