Religiosity and Altruistic Orientation in Economically Developed European Societies

Mentus, Vladimir and Jovanović Ajzenhamer, Nataša (2020) Religiosity and Altruistic Orientation in Economically Developed European Societies. In: Contemporary religious changes : From desecularization to postsecularization : [processes, trends, extents and limits of religious changes in the contemporary world: (de)secularization, postsecularization, revitalization of religion ...]. Yugoslav Society for the Scientific Study of religion : Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University : Institute of Social Sciences, Niš ; Belgrade, pp. 75-87. ISBN 978-86-7093-229-6 (ISS) ; 978-86-86957-22-1(JUNIR)

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In this paper, we examine the relationship between religiosity and altruistic value orientation in economically developed European societies. The data come from the European Social Survey (ESS). Religiosity within ESS is measured by three dimensions – self-evaluation, frequency of attendance of religious services apart from special occasions and frequency of praying apart from at religious services. Altruistic value orientation is measured by rating of personal importance of helping people and caring for others well-being. Using cross-sectional data from the last round of the ESS (from 2016), from thirteen economically developed European countries, we revealed very weak relationship between all three dimensions of religiosity and altruistic orientation. Secondly, using data from all the prior rounds of the ESS, from 2002 to 2016, we also examined trends of both religiosity and altruistic value orientation within the same societies. The results indicate decline of religiosity and rise of altruistic orientation in all of examined countries.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: religiosity, altruistic orientation, (de)secularization, Europe, European Social Survey
Institutional centre: Centre for sociological research and anthropological research
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2020 14:19
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2020 14:19

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