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Isabelle Albert and Dieter Ferring

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300984

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300984.001.0001

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Value orientations and perception of social change in post-communist Romania

Value orientations and perception of social change in post-communist Romania

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(p.119) Seven Value orientations and perception of social change in post-communist Romania
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Intergenerational relations
Author(s):

Mihaela Friedlmeier

Alin Gavreliuc

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300984.003.0008

This chapter provides an overview of the impact of sociopolitical and economic changes on individuals belonging to different generations in Romania. Several studies presented here point out that Romania remains essentially a traditional society (illustrated in terms of religious authority, risk avoidance, focus on discipline, and conservatism). The instability following the economic recession from 2009 put additional obstacles to the transition to modern (or postmodern) value orientations. Other studies suggest a more positive outlook, both in terms of values and perception of recent changes among adolescents and college students. Future research examining how values and behaviours change in response to institutional upheaval is needed. Additionally, it is important to learn more about the factors that contribute to successful coping mechanisms when dealing with socioeconomic challenges and insecurities.

Keywords:   values, communism, Eastern Europe, social change, Romania

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