About: Goal, summary and coordinators


Development of an international questionnaire module for moral political issues of boundaries of life (cf. DFG website)



Questions on issues of life are an ethical issue that gains relevance in everyday life through in practice experiences and political discourse. Part of this is the question of self-determination in contradiction to the sanctity of human life. Additionally, a moral political debate arises in public, creating a pro choice vs. pro life-cleavage that poses sociologically important questions: What attitudes do citizens represent and how are these attitudes influenced by religious beliefs and value systems? How do these attitudes differ and how are these variations conditioned by individual and country-specific characteristics? What role does the post-communist heritage play for the lower acceptance in Eastern compared to Western Europe?

To answer these questions, new population representative survey data is needed. Objectives of the scientific network are therefore (1) the further development and implementation of new measurement
instruments concerning issues about boundaries of life, (2) a differentiated reflection of varying social forms of religion, (3) the systematic inclusion of value orientations as explanatory factors and (4) the explanation of attitudes towards boundaries of life embedded in the context of action in a comparative perspective. […]


Coordinators (and V.i.S.d.P.):

Dr. Tilo Beckers

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Universitätsstraße 1
40225 Düsseldorf
Phone: (+49) (0) 211 – 81 14273
Fax: (+49) (0)211 – 81 15648
E-Mail: tilo.beckers@uni-duesseldorf.de


Dr. Pascal Siegers

GESIS Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Datenarchiv für die Sozialwissenschaften
Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8
50667 Köln
Phone: (+49) (0)221 – 47694 419
Fax: (+49) (0)221 – 47694 8419
E-Mail: pascal.siegers@gesis.org

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