Guest Editor's Introduction: The SEESSP Project

Albert Simkus
2007 International Journal of Sociology  
Circumstances such as the blocked transition in Serbia during the 1990s-with the prolonged political and economic domination of former nomenklatura members, the economic collapse of the country and massive pauperization of the population, external isolation, and so on-may result in the perseverance of old values among many social groups whose position has thus been extremely worsened. In this case, a gap between new norms and old values may be created, which we call value/normative dissonance.
more » ... mative dissonance. This gap is likely to cause a strong inter-and intraclass value inconsistency. In this article, we analyze the spread of dominant value orientations among social classes in the present postsocialist system in Serbia. The analysis is based on the data obtained in the South-East European Social Survey Project (SEESSP) in which 2,997 respondents participated in December 2003/January 2004. We analyze the spread of two pairs of conflicting value orientations: (1) political liberalism vs. authoritarian collectivism, and (2) market liberalism vs. redistributive statism. We also check intraclass value consistency. The influence of possible normative/value dissonance upon the democratization and market transformation of Serbia is evaluated. We compare the results of our analysis with the findings of an analysis of data obtained in an earlier survey, Change in Class Structure and 54 Mladen Laziae is professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade. His main research interests include social stratification, economic and political elites, and social change. Address correspondence to: Mladen Laziae,
doi:10.2753/ijs0020-7659370300 fatcat:k2w6wu77vzgghhn2pllcichgdi