The unified Germany - a livable society? The assessment of freedom, security and social justice in east and west

Authors
Citation
T. Bulmahn, The unified Germany - a livable society? The assessment of freedom, security and social justice in east and west, KOLNER Z SO, 52(3), 2000, pp. 405
Citations number
41
Language
TEDESCO
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
KOLNER ZEITSCHRIFT FUR SOZIOLOGIE UND SOZIALPSYCHOLOGIE
ISSN journal
0023-2653 → ACNP
Volume
52
Issue
3
Year of publication
2000
Database
ISI
SICI code
0023-2653(200009)52:3<405:TUG-AL>2.0.ZU;2-K
Abstract
This paper focusses on the question how people measure the quality of life in the German society. The analysis shows that citizens perceive a number o f problems: lack of equal opportunities and social justice, insufficient pr otection from crime and deficits in social security. Some people even hold that elementary rights of freedom have not been realized. Against this back ground, the citizens' overall evaluation of the German society is presented as well as the importance of the aspects of freedom, security, justice and wealth. Finally, the question is discussed why east Germans regard the soc ial conditions in the federal Republic in a far more critical way than west Germans. It becomes obvious that neither an interpretation based on the th eory of socialization nor an interpretation based on the actual situation i s apt to provide an adequate explanation of this phenomenon. For this purpo se, an alternative model of explanation has been introduced that integrates objective and subjective aspects and gives them a historic dimension, foll owing Koselleck's definition of "experience" and "expectation".