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Gender and homosexuality as a major cultural cleavage

Lane, Jan-Erik and Ersson, S. (2006) Gender and homosexuality as a major cultural cleavage. Swiss Political Science Review, 12 (2). pp. 37-66. ISSN 1420-3529

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In post-modern society cultural cleavages are becoming at least as relevant as socio-economic ones. They can only be properly researched by the survey method, which opens up a whole new area for both micro and macroanalysis. So, first, we pinpoint some of the main problems of research into value orientations. Second, we suggest a new analysis of attitudes towards gender and homosexuality, employing both micro and macro data. One key finding here is that attitudes towards gender and homosexuality are linked at the micro level, which explains some of the saliency of gender and homosexuality as a new emerging cleavage in advanced societies. At the macro level, the main finding is that attitudes towards gender and homosexuality are strongly embedded in cultural or civilisational differences among countries. The evidence suggests therefore that these attitudes do constitute a new cleavage in advanced societies.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Government, Development and International Affairs
Depositing User: Ms Neha Harakh
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2006 19:27
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2012 08:57

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