The Geography of Postmodern Cleavages

Klaudia Kowalik, Emil Carlé Dietrich & Gorm Torarin Østergaard Sandbukt

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


This project examines the role of geography in the shaping of political cleavages based on two surveys of an urban and a rural voting district in Denmark. We investigate how postmaterialism/materialism, education and political party choice form an integrated political cleavage that is supplanting older cleavages and parties associated with them. We show that each of these elements and the divides they form occur along an urban-rural continuum, and thus that geography underlies emergent cleavage structures. Based on this we draw some different conclusions to traditional interpretations on for example age, and suggest that this implies the need for a greater emphasis of the importance of geography in the study of political cleavages. Additionally, the findings also suggests that the 12-item index is outdated and in lack of revision.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato25 maj 2016
Antal sider56
VejledereJean P.Endres


  • Political Cleavage
  • Postmaterialism
  • Geography
  • Urban Rural Divide
  • Education