British social attitudes -- the 24th report

January 23, 2008

Los Angeles, London, New Delhi and Singapore (23 January 2008) - The cultural standpoint of the British public towards the traditional family unit, equal opportunities in the workplace, poverty, citizenship and national identity are among the central themes in the latest British Social Attitudes report - the leading social research survey in Britain, published today by SAGE.

The annual research is carried out by Britain's largest independent social research organisation, the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen). The report presents and describes the results of a nationwide survey of over 3000 randomly selected adults, together with expert analysis from Britain's foremost social researchers.

Speaking ahead of an official launch today, NatCen researchers commented that the results of the latest survey reflect a population that is undergoing rapid social change, showing greater liberal attitudes towards relationships and increased social responsibility. However they added there may also be wide-reaching implications for government and policy makers, with less sympathy towards the poor and increased public apathy towards politics.

Key findings:

Marriage and cohabitationSocial responsibilityNational identity With survey findings dating back to 1983, the reports are the most comprehensive review of changing British social values available. The 24th report provides an indispensable guide to political and social issues in contemporary Britain, and is essential reading for anyone seeking a guide to the topical issues and debates of today or engaged in contemporary social and political research.
British Social Attitudes The 24th Report is published today (23rd January 2008) by SAGE. Available in hardcover, £50.00. ISBN: 9781412947749. For further information visit

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SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology and medicine. An independent company, SAGE has principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, and Singapore.

NatCen is Britain's largest independent social research organisation which aims to promote a better informed society through high quality social research.

The British Social Attitudes survey is funded by charitable and government sources. The funders of the questions in this Report were: the Gatsby Charitable Foundation; the Economic and Social Research Council; the Nuffield Foundation; The Leverhulme Trust; the Hera Trust; the Departments for Health, Transport, and Work and Pensions; the Department for Education and Skills (now split into the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills); and the Department of Trade and Industry (now part of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform).

SAGE Publications UK

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