Welfare Provision, Religion and Value Systems
The purpose of the projectis to gain a deeper understanding of the results from the World Values Survey(WVS), which reveal Sweden as the “most different"case, i.e. the country where values related to religion, tradition and family are most decisively left behind.
The image WVS gives raises several important research questions that the project explore susing qualitative methods: Is the picture WVS gives generally valid for Sweden, or are there groups (the elderly, those with strong religious affiliation, people born outside Sweden) that clearly constitute exceptions to the general pattern? If there are exceptions, what may this mean for future development of values and development of Swedish culture and society? How can the ongoing processes related to the public role of religion, migration and welfare policies contribute to the understanding of the results from the WVS study? How can the image of valuation patterns in Sweden as WVS study shows take concrete expression at the individual level?