Germans were asked “How important for citizenship — in your opinion — is having ancestors from this country?” [World Values Survey, 2006]
Several trends here:
#1: In general, the younger are getting less “voelkisch”.
#2: On closer inspection, #1 is true for Upper and Middle brackets, but NOT the Lower.
#3: The Young/Lower grouping is actually more “voelkisch” than its elders of the same class, and is actually the most “voelkisch” grouping of any combination.
Among 100 German Youth Answering “Yes”,
– 12 are Upper-class (20% of overall sample is upper-class)
– 32 are Middle-class (39% overall)
– 56 are Lower-class (41% overall)
Now, 15-20% of Germany-residents are of “migratory-backgrounds”. The study also tracked religion [look for a future post on this], and 4% of the overall youth sample was Muslim. (All said ‘not important’). Immigrants skew towards lower class. If all surveyed Muslims were lower-class, they would represent 11% of the Young/Lower cohort. Likely a similar number of non-Muslims of “migratory background” were picked up in Young/Lower.
So — 36.7% of the Young/Lower bloc answering “Yes” might actually be out of something like ~85% native-Germans polled in that grouping. The data suggests, then, that nearly half of working-class native-Germans born after 1976 reject PC inherited-wisdom and are “voelkisch” to some extent. This is in stark contrast to the upper-classes who have continued the downward slide.
— Why would “voelkisch” attitudes in Germany be so polarized on the basis of class?
— Is this class polarization true in other European countries as well? And the USA?
— What does this mean for the future?
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Is this [lower-class] class polarization true in other European countries as well? And the USA?
The answer seems to be yes, at least in the case of Norway, Poland, and the USA. Is this the pressure of political-correctness at work?
Theory: Because of Europe’s existential crisis, the natural tendency is for the youth to become more “voelkisch”. But the pressure of “PC” stops the status-conscious [what were once called “bourgeois” — i.e., those who would call themselves middle-class or higher] youth from (re)embracing voelkisch attitudes.