British Social Attitudes: The 23rd Report by Alison Park

By Alison Park

The British Social Attitudes survey sequence is conducted through Britain's biggest autonomous social learn institute, the nationwide Centre for Social study. It presents an necessary consultant to present political and social concerns in modern Britain. This, the twenty third record, describes the result of the latest nation-wide survey, together with research of the next parts: civil liberties; Social identities; incapacity; Political admire; Employment family members and well-being.

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We thus look at their answers to two questions that might tap aspects of these historical British values, one about freedom of speech and the other about trial by jury: There are different views about people's rights in a democratic society. On a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 is not at all important and 7 is very important, how important to democracy is it that every adult living in Britain has … … the right to a trial by jury if they are charged with a serious crime? … the right to say whatever they think in public?

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G. Cohen, 1995). 9 also shows, there is not much evidence, either, of a particularly strong sense of community amongst those for whom English is their only or best national identity. In contrast, those for whom Scottish, Welsh or European is their only or best identity are clearly more likely than are those for whom these identities are secondary to feel a sense of community with other people who share the same identity. Once again it appears that we have evidence of a stronger sense of community amongst adherents to (what are across Britain as a whole at least) minority identities.

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