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Ethical Conceptions of Young People in Different Work Areas
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2822-5311
2002 (English)In: International Sociological Association, 2002Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Transition to a post-industrial society has implied great changes, including partial dissolution of existing value systems and of btraditional unitary conceptions regarding work, identity, rationality, truth and morality. Increased globalization, faster communication and, not least, greater mobility between different nations and cultures have caused changes of traditional value systems. Many people today, especially young people, experience difficulty defining moral questions and values which they find complicated and hard to agree on. However, interest in moral and ethical questions has not diminished. On the contrary, as traditional basic moral values have begun to dissolve, people are becoming forced to reflect upon their own personal responsibility to other people and how society is actually functioning on an ethical plane. Research today shows that new patterns of working life with increased flexibility, but also accompanying stress and uncertainty are a consequence of deep structural changes. This has consequences for human identity, which is exposed to fragmentation and disconnectedness. The ethic dimension of the human character is expressed by loyalty, trust and mutual interaction, which are not easy to maintain today in working life. The changes affecting working life can also be noticed in other social areas - school, family and social interaction as a whole. A resulting powerlessness and marginalization from traditional support systems characterizes the social situation of many young people. The present study investigates how young people in western Sweden reason, think and act based on their conception of the world of morality. Young people from different work areas are being interviewed - from industry, a computer company, health care and adult education. Relevant concepts are authority, self-respect, deviation, trust, strength-weakness, solidarity and compassion.

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2002.
Keywords [en]
Morality, Postindustrial Societies, Values, Sweden, Youth, complex organization; jobs, work organization, workplaces, unions
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Sociology
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7106OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-7106DiVA, id: diva2:770350
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International Sociological Association, Brisbane, Australia, 2002
Available from: 2014-12-10 Created: 2014-12-10 Last updated: 2015-03-17Bibliographically approved

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