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|Title:||Intergenerational Transmission and Support for EU Membership in the United Kingdom: The Case of Brexit|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press (OUP)|
|Citation:||European Sociological Review, 2019, 35 (3), pp. 380 - 393|
|Abstract:||Euroscepticism is increasingly important to the shaping and understanding of contemporary European public opinion and politics. The origins of the trait, however, particularly the values that predispose individuals to view the European Union (EU) as a legitimate (or otherwise) political institution, remain poorly understood. Literature on political socialization identiﬁes the family as a vital inﬂuence on the development of many social and political attitudes. This study explores the role of the family in the development of Euroscepticism by examining evidence of intergenerational transmission of hostility towards membership of the EU between parents and children in the United Kingdom during its ‘Brexit referendum’. The study shows that the attitudes of parents during one’s politically formative years can be an important factor in shaping support for EU membership. It also ﬁnds that this intergenerational transmission is different for mothers and fathers: while there is a greater likelihood of a child’s attitudes being affected by those of their father, if they are affected by their mother’s views they are more likely to eventually share their mother’s position on EU membership. This identiﬁes the family as a key source of the values that shape support for European integration, potentially accelerating or opposing other social trends that have resulted in successive generations typically being more supportive of EU membership.|
|Appears in Collections:||Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers|
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