Political pluralism within private life circles :
interactions and transactions between norms
Little is known of the role played by private interpersonal relationships in politicization and the expression of political choices. This article aims to improve our understanding of “private citizens” and “personal politicization” through a study of ideological similarities and divergences within family and friendship circles. The analysis, based on findings from an unprecedented quantitative representative French population survey by the CEVIPOF (Center for the study of French political life) entitled “Famille, amour et politique” [Family, love and politics], examines filiation, conjugality and friendship, showing the interactions and transactions that take place between the system of norms and the system of individual feelings. Families appear more heterogamous politically, while cou- ples and friendship circles are more homogamous. However, individuals’ level of politi- cization is ultimately the most determinant factor. Having a strong political affiliation, particularly on the left of the political spectrum, and a strong interest in politics always strengthens intra-circle political homogamy in terms of both principles and actions. At a more general level, the article reflects on the sphere of private life as a field for the development of conditions of democratic pluralism.
Key words. POLITICAL HOMOGAMY – POLITICAL HETEROGAMY – PRIVATE LIFE – POLITICAL OPINIONS – PERSONAL POLITICIZATION – FEELINGS