Democratic Development?: East German, Israeli and by Hans Oswald (auth.), Hilke Rebenstorf (eds.)

By Hans Oswald (auth.), Hilke Rebenstorf (eds.)

How a lot are youngsters attracted to politics? Are they prepared for political participation? What do they consider democracy, quite often in addition to in regards to the one they adventure? How do their attitudes improve and to what volume are their perspectives inspired by way of their parents?

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The decline in birthrates is also reflected in statistics on family composition. 4). 4: Composition of German Families with Respect to Children Families ... without ... with children children 1961 30 70 1972 34 66 35 65 1980 1987 37 63 40 60 1994 West 1994 East 38 62 according to Bauereiss et al. " above 18 years 29 20 23 33 31 24 Families with children below 18 years married single parents parents 90 10 92 8 90 10 86 14 85 15 76 24 Although there are fewer families, life within a family in a narrow sense father, mother, children - has not changed very much; most children still live until their 18th birthday in complete families.

5 in 1990, while divorces remained constant at 2 per 1000, which means a dramatic relative increase in divorces. 3 divorces. Considering the average duration of a marriage and extrapolating the divorce rate, we can predict that about one-third of all marriages will end in divorce (Statistisches Bundesamt 2000b: 43). 3). 8 Bauereiss et a1. 6 48 Hilke RebenstorJ and Karin Weiss The relative decline of the two-generation family is more than a reflection of distaste for marrying and raising children.

A most recent development, and one that is quite fascinating from a sociological point of view, is the conflict between new immigrants and veteran Israelis. Although this conflict is not new to Israeli society, the magnitude of the recent wave of immigration is such that it has affected the process of acculturation and slowed it down. One indication of that process is the emergence of two political parties made up of former Soviet citizens in Israel. Old beliefs are challenged and conflicting values are introduced as the melting pot ideology is abandoned and the shift towards a multicultural model of society takes place (Horowitz 1996).

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