Moral values as factor of social tension

Д. И. Анисимов


Social tension is a phenomenon precedes social conflict and accompanying them in all stages. Investigation of the factors of social tension — makes it possible to prevent and manage major social conflicts, which are often destructive. Modern science has methods of measuring level of social tension. Empirical methods studying the phenomenon allows to identify causes of social tension and even to monitor level of social tension in society. Moreover, the study of causes of social tension will predict social conflicts and prevent them in the early stages. The article investigates the influence of moral attitudes to social tension, namely the influence of interpersonal distrust (moralistic distrust) on social tension This type of trust based on faith in the goodwill of others and conviction of the person that other people did not cheat. Such confidence in the community generates an atmosphere of trust, which in turn prevents social tension transformed into a destructive social conflicts. In the empirical part of this work we are invited to refer to empirical indicators of social tension dissatisfaction with life in general and mistrust immigrants. Moral values is trust most people. As a result of the empirical analysis, based on data from the European Social Survey, in the article demonstrates that interpersonal distrust generates social tension, that is a factor in this phenomenon.


social tension; conflict; moral values; moralistic trust; interpersonal trust; European Social Survey


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