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British Social Attitudes

British Social Attitudes
Focusing on Diversity - The 17th Report

17th Edition
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368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`I've always enjoyed reading the British Social Attitudes survey, which shows what the British people really think, as opposed to what journalists and politicians like to pretend they think' - John Pilger

Britain is a well-documented nation. We know a lot about the characteristics of our society - who we are and what we do. We know much less about what we think and feel about our world and ourselves.

The indispensable annual British Social Attitudes survey fills this gap. It compiles, describes and comments on a range of current social attitudes. The information is derived from interviews carried out by the National Centre for Social Research's own interviewers among a nationwide sample of around 3,500 people each year. The series seeks to chart changes in British social values over a period of time in relation to other changes in society, and is core-funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. A full report is published each year.

The 17th Report summarizes and interprets data from the most recent survey, as well as making comparisons with findings from previous years. The data are publicly available through the ESRC Data Archive at the University of Essex.

Alison Park
The Generation Game
Caroline Bryson and Bill New
Health Care Rationing
A Cut too Far?

Geoffrey Evans
The Working Class and New Labour
A Parting of the Ways?

Annette Hill and Katarina Thomson
Sex and the Media
A Shifting Landscape

Kerstin Hinds and Lindsey Jarvis
The Gender Gap
Nan Dirk De Graaf and Ariana Need
Losing Faith
Is Britain Alone?

Peter A Kemp
Images of Council Housing
John Curtice and Anthony Heath
Is the English Lion about to Roar?
National Identity After Devolution

Nina Statford and Ian Christie
Town and Country Life
Michael Adler, Catherine Bromley and Michael Rosie
Begging as a Challenge to the Welfare State

`We have long been fans of the British Social Attitudes survey, once declaring it to be "the most trustworthy and comprehensive guide" to British life available between hard covers' - The Guardian

`The Rolls Royce of opinion surveys' - The Times

`I've always enjoyed reading the British Social Attitudes survey, which shows what the British people really think, as opposed to what journalists and politicians like to pretend they think' - John Pilger

`A model for social reporting' - James Davis, University of Chicago

`BSA's topical and well informed reports...have become an indispensable tool not just for governments, but also for modern citizens to understand their fellows, and themselves, better' - The Times Higher

Roger Jowell

We were very sorry to hear that Sir Roger Jowell passed away over Christmas. Roger was the Founder and Director of the National Centre for Social Research, Britain’s largest social research institute until 2001, and in 2008 was knighted for his services to the social sciences. ... More About Author

John Curtice

John Curtice is a Research Consultant at the Scottish Centre for Social Research, Deputy Director of CREST, and Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University. More About Author

Alison Park

Alison joined NatCen in 1991, after completing an M.Phil. in Sociology at Nuffield College, Oxford. Her core areas of research are social, political and moral attitudes and values. ... More About Author

Katarina Thomson

Katarina Thomson is a freelance editor and a former Research Director at NatCen More About Author

Lindsey Jarvis

Catherine Bromley

Catherine is involved in a number of ScotCen's studies with a particular focus on surveys. She has been director of the 2008-11 Scottish Health Survey and is involved in all stages of the project from questionnaire design through to reporting. The wide range of topics and policy areas covered in this one study make it a fascinating project to work on: from child obesity to adult dental health and alcohol consumption. As Deputy Director of ScotCen Catherine is also very involved in the day to day management of the organization, but maintains a strong involvement with projects, meaning that her research skills are put to good use regularly. ... More About Author

Nina Stratford

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