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Innovation-The European Journal of Social Science Research

Publication date: 2018-12
Volume: 31 Pages: 406 - 428
ISSN: 1351-1610, 1469-8412
DOI: 10.1080/13511610.2018.1536969
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)


Slootmaeckers, Koen
O'Dwyer, Conor


Social Sciences, Sociology, Europeanization, social learning, education, attitudes toward homosexuality, socialization, LGBT, MINORITY RIGHTS, EU ENLARGEMENT, CONDITIONALITY, POLITICS, POLICY, ASSUMPTIONS, HOMOPHOBIA, IDENTITY, BALKANS, CROATIA, General Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, 16 Studies in Human Society


© 2018, © 2018 The European Association for the Advancement of the Social Sciences. How does exposure to EU integration affect social attitudes in third countries, and what is the role of education in this process? These questions matter because the EU aspires to be not only a regulatory regime but also a community of values. Addressing both the common elision of attitudes and the underappreciation of education in Europeanization research, this article analyses the EU’s impact on attitudes towards homosexuality in third countries via national education systems. This article offers not only an exposition of how we can expand our theoretical framework to include the transmission of values; its empirical findings demonstrate the need for this exercise, as some of the literature’s underlying assumptions are shown to be unsupported.