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Economic Competition perceived by French and Hungarian adolescents

Author(s) Marta Fulop and Christine Roland-Levy  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2004  
Editor A. Ross, The Experience of Citizenship  
Language English  
Age group -  
Competition is one of the basic principles of a capitalist economy in a democratic society with different political parties. The idea is to compare the views of participants from two contrasted countries: a country in which capitalism and market economy have been flourishing for centuries (France), while in the other country this system has been implemented after decades of communism (Hungary). Through socialising processes, one acquires attitudes, values and notions via the transmission of one's environment. Socialisation concerns the acquisition of some knowledge, skills, behaviours, opinions, attitudes and representations (cf. Roland-Lévy, 2002). Our concern here is the divergence between the long lasting economic context of the country, parents' principles, and young people's perception of the situation. It is assumed that the different socialisation processes linked to specific environments influence the perception and understanding of economic competition. French and Hungarian teenagers, raised in two politically and economically different countries, were interviewed.

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