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Recent Social Trends in Greece, 1960-2000

Recent Social Trends in Greece, 1960-2000


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The newest volume in the Comparative Charting of Social Change series highlights the main elements of demographic, social, political, and economic development in Greece during the period 1960-2000. Based on a systematic analysis of available information and data, this volume provides an overview of Greece's socio-economic profile, which changed significantly during the studied period. The collapse of the dictatorship in 1974 and Greece's entry into the European Union (EU) in 1980 have led to a consolidation of democratic institutions and the improvement of living standards. During the 1960s and 1970s the country experienced high rates of economic development and relatively low unemployment rates. However, this increase in economic development has slowed since the early 1980s and the unemployment rate has risen, particularly among young people. Consistent with recent social trends in other Western societies, Greek society has become more tolerant and permissive, with more diverse and flexible moral norms. However, the prevailing family model remains traditional and the Greek Orthodox Church continues to have a strong influence on many aspects of Greek society, including social, political, and cultural life. The organization of work also follows traditional patterns, despite the introduction of new and flexible forms of employment. Female participation in the labour market remains relatively low, despite legislation and regulations that promote equality of opportunities between the sexes. Consistent with recent social trends in other Western societies, Greece's population is aging and the birth rate has stabilized at a relatively low level. Contributors include Ioannis Antonopoulos, Dimitri Economou (University of Thessalia), Evi Fagadaki, Thomas Maloutas (University of Thessalia), Alberto Martinelli, Ioannis Myrizakis, Theodore Papadogonas, Apostolos g. Papadopoulos (University of Ioannina), Roy Panagiotopoulou, Apostolis Rafailidis (economist), Paris Tsartas (University of Aegean), Kostas Yannakopoulos. Elisabeth Allison, Dionisis Balourdos, Nikos Bouzas, Kaliroi Daskalaki, Amalia Frangiskou, Emmy Fronimou, Panayiotis Kafetzis, Roxanne Kaftantzoglou, John Kallas, Chrysa Kappi, Maria Ketsetzopoulou, Helene Kovani, Evdokia Manologlou, Joannis Micheloyiannakis, Aliki Mouriki, Panagiota Papadopoulou, Ioanna Papathanassiou, Christos Papatheodorou, Marina Petronoti, Nikos Sarris, Theoni Stathopoulou, Hara Stratoudaki, Haris Symeonidou, Maria Thanopoulou, Olga Tsakirides, Joanna Tsiganou, Christina Varouxi, Efi Venizelou, and Ersi Zacopoulou are all researchers at the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773522022
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 02/25/2004
Series: Comparative Charting of Social Change Series , #11
Pages: 720
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Contributionsx
0.1Demographic Trends25
0.2Macro-economic Trends35
0.3Macro-technological Trends44
1Age Groups
1.2The Elderly61
2.2Kinship Networks74
2.3Community and Neighbourhood Types83
2.4Local Autonomy90
2.5Voluntary Associations96
2.6Sociability Networks100
3.1Female Roles109
3.3Matrimonial Models128
3.4Women's Employment140
3.5Reproductive Techniques154
4Labour Market
4.2Skills and Occupational Levels180
4.3Types of Employment185
4.4Sectors of Economic Activity201
4.5Computerization of Work207
5Labour and Management
5.1Work Organization215
5.2Personnel Administration221
5.3Size and Type of Enterprises225
6Social Stratification
6.1Occupational Status231
6.2Social Mobility240
6.3Economic Inequality249
6.4Social Inequality261
7Social Relations
7.3Norms of Conduct286
7.5Public Opinion299
8State and Service Institutions
8.1Educational System305
8.2Health System318
8.3Welfare System331
8.4The State344
9Mobilizing Institutions
9.1Labour Unions353
9.2Religious Institutions358
9.3Military Forces363
9.4Political Parties370
9.5Mass Media376
10Institutionalisation of Social Forces
10.1Dispute Settlement391
10.2Institutionalisation of Labour Unions398
10.3Social Movements408
10.4Interest Groups415
11.1Political Differentiation425
11.2Confidence in Institutions434
11.3Economic Orientations445
11.5Religious Beliefs460
12Household Resources
12.1Personal and Family Income466
12.2Informal Economy472
12.3Personal and Family Wealth477
13Life Style
13.1Market Goods and Services482
13.2Mass Information493
13.3Personal Health and Beauty Practices503
13.4Time Use512
13.5Daily Mobility515
13.6Household Production525
13.7Forms of Erotic Expression532
13.8Mood-altering Substances536
14.1Amount and Use of Free Time544
14.2Vacation Patterns550
14.3Athletics and Sports557
14.4Cultural Activities562
15Educational Attainment
15.1General Education574
15.2Vocational and Technical Education589
15.3Continuing Education603
16Integration and Marginalization
16.1Immigrants and ethnic minorities616
16.2Crime and Punishment631
16.3Emotional Disorders and Self-destructive Behaviour650
17Attitudes and Values
17.2Perception of Social Problems676
17.3Orientations toward the Future682
17.5National Identity693

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