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ERIC Number: EJ786973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Monitoring Optimism in South Africa
Harris, Mari
Social Indicators Research, v81 n2 p435-454 Apr 2007
An article with exactly this same title was published in Social Indicators Research (41:279-304, 1997). The purpose of the current article is to update the findings discussed in that first article. Therefore the abstract published previously is still relevant: The last few decades have been the most crucial and eventful ones in South Africa's history. During this time, the empirical research and knowledge provided by opinion polls yielded much-needed insight into the grass roots of a society in transition, providing an instrument with which to measure the political climate, to observe trends and developments and to give input into the decision-making process of companies and political parties. Although the process of change and political transition still remains difficult to properly define, this article will provide some insight into the attitudes, perceptions and values of the South African public by giving attention to trends that have transpired over the years. Special attention is devoted to perceptions on pertinent issues such as the mood in the country, optimism, economic well-being, social harmony and trust--all essential elements in an emerging democracy. Again, extensive use is made of data and findings from Markinor's bi-annual "Socio-Political Trends" surveys and the "World Values Studies."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa