Generational Belonging and Historical Ruptures: Continuity or Discontinuity of Values and Attitudes in Post-Communist Romania

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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to examine the patterns in the distribution of values and attitudes for three generational cohorts in contemporary Romania: the ‘younger’ generation (M = 30 years old), the ‘middle generation’ (M = 45 years old) and the ‘older’ generation (M = 60 years old), analysed on representative generational samples (N = 1481 participants). The outcomes indicate an intergenerational transfer of values and attitudes between the cohorts, underlining the power of continuity in terms of values and attitudes, despite of the historical rupture generated by the breakdown of communism. As the exposure to socialization processes was significantly different for these distinct cohorts, the research examined the impact of the (post)communist period on the generational strata. In the same time, the collapse of communism brought major changes at a social, political and behavioural level; however, little changes occurred in the profound mental structures (attitudes, especially values).

Keywords

Intergenerational comparison Value orientations Transgenerational patterns Social attitudes Post-communism Romania 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.West University of TimisoaraTimisoaraRomania

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