Political Culture under Institutional Pressure How Institutional Change Transforms Early Socialization

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Pub. Date: 12/15/2007
Publisher(s): Palgrave Macmillan
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Are world views once formed during childhood and adolescence stable over life or do they change when they come under pressure from new institutional contexts? This book seeks the answer by re-visiting an aged political generation growing up in historically unique interwar Estonia but living their adult lives in exile in Canada and Sweden or under foreign occupation in the then-Soviet Estonia. Some major conclusions drawn are that of dominant " cultural themes" being stable over time in all three groups, while cultural correspondence between country of origin and host society plays an essential role in explaining why the exile communities differ in their degree of genuine democratic citizenship.

Author Biography

Li Bennich-Björkman holds a professorship in political science at Uppsala University Sweden. She has published extensively both in English and Swedish on topics of political culture, post-communism and organizational research. Bennich-Björkman's Organising Innovative Research: The Inner Life of University Departments was published in 1997, and her work has also appeared in journals such as East European Politics and Societies, Journal of Baltic Studies, Nationalities Papers and Higher Education Quarterly.

Table of Contents

Socialized Culture and Institutional Change: Introducing the Discussion
The Context of Early Socialization: Estonia between the Two Wars
Multicultural Canada and the Welfare State Sweden: Home to Estonians in Exile
Did Civic Commitment Survive Communism?
Political Culture under Institutional Pressure
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