ESRA 2017 Programme

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Wednesday 19th July, 16:00 - 17:30 Room: F2 109

The World Values Survey: methodological challenges for cross-national surveys

Chair Ms Kseniya Kizilova (World Values Survey Association )
Coordinator 1Professor Christian Haerpfer (World Values Survey Association)

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The World Values Survey (WVS) is an international research program devoted to study of social, political, cultural, religious and other values of people in different parts of the world. One of the project main goals is to analyse values, norms and beliefs in comparative cross-national and over-time perspective and to assess how values stability or change influences social, economic and political development of societies. The main research instrument is representative national social survey which is conducted every 5 years. The survey shows what people want out of their lives, what is important for them and what is less, in what they believe, their ideas about the right and wrong things. In order to monitor people’s values, the WVS has so far implemented six waves of survey. The project was started in 1981 and since then has been operating in 108 world countries. Extensive geographical and thematic scope, free availability of survey data and project findings for broad public turn WVS into one of the most widely-used and authoritative cross-national and time-series surveys. At the moment, WVS is the largest non-commercial cross-national time-series investigation of human beliefs and values ever executed. The WVS is the only academic study which covers a broad scope of global variations, from very poor to very rich countries, in all of the world’s major cultural zones. Currently project’s data-base includes interviews with almost 400,000 respondents.
Proposed session invites papers which make use of the WVS data and disclose its comparative, analytical and explanatory potential in studying values, well-being, participation and other social process and phenomena. The session particularly welcomes papers devoted to WVS-based findings which go beyond the well-elaborated theory of postmodernization and related value change, and discuss issues of support for democracy, tolerance to foreigners and ethnic minorities, support for gender equality, the role of religion and changing levels of religiosity, the impact of globalization, attitudes toward the environment, work, family, politics, national identity, culture, diversity, security, electoral integrity, and etc. Additionally, we invite paper-givers discussing advantages and limitations of the WVS data and survey methodology for over-time and cross-national comparison.

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