Social Change

The documentation and evaluation of change within a society is a core element of social science research. The description of social change entails the consideration of different domains of our life, such as work, family, income, mobility, political participation or gender roles, to name just a few examples. FORS contributes to the documentation of social change by collecting and sharing data that is comparable over the long term and can thus be used for the analysis of social change in Switzerland, by conducting research regarding long-term developments and by disseminating research results on social change to the public outside of academia.

FORS Publication Series on the monitoring of Social Change

FORS edited the Swiss Social Report in 2012 and 2016. From its first edition in 2000 to its final edition in 2016, the Swiss Social Report monitored the current situation and long-term trends in various domains of life in Switzerland. Additionally, FORS is a co-founder of the Social Change in Switzerland series, which has been regularly publishing short papers on various aspects of social change since 2016. These papers summarise research results and make them available to people outside the academic world.

Recent publications from FORS concerning Social Change

In addition to these two publication series, FORS collaborators consider social change in their own research and FORS offers them and researchers from outside of FORS the possibility to publish their results in the FORS Working Paper Series.

Scientific publications of FORS collaborators
The Working Class Left Behind ? The Class Gap in Life Satisfaction in Germany and Switzerland over the Last Decades, Lipps Oliver, Oesch Daniel, 2018. European Societies pp. 1-23. [DOI]

Does Commitment Change Worldviews?, Monsch Gian-Andrea, Passy Florence, 2018. pp. 231-246 dans Tillmann Robin, Voorpostel Marieke, Farago Peter (eds.) Social Dynamics in Swiss Society, Springer International Publishing. [DOI]

Is Employment Polarisation Inevitable ? Occupational Change in Ireland and Switzerland, 1970–2010, Murphy Emily C., Oesch Daniel, 2018. Work, Employment and Society pp. 1-19. [DOI]

Social Dynamics in Swiss Society. Empirical Studies Based on the Swiss Household Panel, Tillmann Robin, Voorpostel Marieke, Farago Peter, 2018. Springer International Publishing. [DOI]

The Impact of Female Labour Force Participation on Household Income Inequality in Switzerland, Kuhn Ursina, Ravazzini Laura, 2017. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie / Swiss Journal of Sociology, 43 (1) pp. 115-135. [DOI]

Work-Life Conflict of Working Couples Before and During the Crisis in 18 European Countries, Ochsner Michael, Szalma Ivett, 2017. pp. 77-99 dans Breen Michael J. (eds.) Values and Identities in Europe. Evidence from the European Social Survey, Routledge.

Do opposites attract? Educational assortative mating and dynamics of wage homogamy in Switzerland 1992-2014, Ravazzini Laura, Kuhn Ursina, Suter Christian, 2017. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie / Swiss Journal of Sociology, 43 (3) pp. 567-586. [DOI]

Sociological Perspectives on Poverty, Suter Christian, Beycan Tugce, Ravazzini Laura, 2017. pp. 388-396 dansThe Cambridge Handbook of Sociology: Core Areas in Sociology and the Development of the Discipline chap. 38, Kathleen Odell Korgen. [DOI]

The Swiss Household Panel Study : Observing social change since 1999, Tillmann R., Voorpostel M., Kuhn U., Lebert F., Ryser V.-A., Lipps O., Wernli B., Antal E., 2016. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 7 (1) pp. 64-78. [DOI]

For all scientific publications by FORS collaborators see here.

Contributions to blogs, newspapers and other non-scientific media

Die Entwicklung der Einkommensungleichheit in der Schweiz. Ursina Kuhn, Christian Suter, October 2015. Social Change in Switzerland.

Data on Social Change at FORS

For researchers who want to analyse Social Change, FORSBASE offers a wide range of datasets from the past and the present. We especially recommend the following datasets for analysis of change over time:

Political Participation:
VoxIt:  Standardized post-vote surveys from 1977 until today.

Education/Employment:
Tree: Transition from Education to Employment, multicohort-study with a first cohort that started in 2000 and a second cohort in 2016.

PISA: Program for International Student Assessment, data and documentation available form 2000 – 2012

Security:

Sicherheit: Survey on attitudes towards security and defense in Switzerland from 1995 until today.

Various topics

CH-X: Swiss federal surveys of adolescents from 2002 until today.

What else? (talk to Emilie => what link for CH-X)

From the surveys managed by FORS, the following offer various data on attitudes and living conditions over time:

Data on Social Change at FORS

For researchers who want to analyse Social Change, FORSBASE offers a wide range of datasets from the past and the present. We especially recommend the following datasets for analysis of change over time:

Political Participation:
VoxIt:  Standardized post-vote surveys from 1977 until today.

Education/Employment:
Tree: Transition from Education to Employment, multicohort-study with a first cohort that started in 2000 and a second cohort in 2016.

PISA: Program for International Student Assessment, data and documentation available form 2000 – 2012

Security:

Sicherheit: Survey on attitudes towards security and defense in Switzerland from 1995 until today.

Various topics

CH-X: Swiss federal surveys of adolescents from 2002 until today.

What else? (talk to Emilie => what link for CH-X)

From the surveys managed by FORS, the following offer various data on attitudes and living conditions over time: