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Value Change and Demographic Behaviour in the Czech Republic

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Rabusic, Ladislav

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Abstract The deep structural changes witnessed in the Czech Republic in the past decade, ie, the establishment of a democratic political regime & market economy, & the transformation of the social security system, could not have steered clear of the everyday life & behavioral patterns of the Czech population. One of the areas that have been profoundly affected is demographic behavior. Marriage & fertility rates in particular have decreased to an unprecedented level. The main thesis of this paper is that the demographic changes in the Czech Republic result from a condensed progress of the second demographic transition, which was triggered off by a value change in young age cohorts born in the 1970s & early 1980s. The new value orientations of these cohorts, which were latently present even before the political change, manifested themselves fully in the free environment of the new democratic society. The paper will present evidence of the value changes by utilizing the data from the 1991 & 1999 European Values Study. It is argued that the coincidence of value & demographic changes can hardly be regarded as accidental.
Classification Macrosociology, Analysis of Whole Societies; Population Studies, Sociology of Population
Free Keywords Czech Republic; Postcommunist Societies; Social Values; Demographic Change; Value Orientations; Social Change; Political Change; Economic Change
Document language English
Publication Year 2001
Page/Pages p. 99-122
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 9 (2001) 1
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications