Culture Shift in Advanced Industrial Society

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Princeton University Press, 1990 - Social Science - 484 pages
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Economic, technological, and sociopolitical changes have been transforming the cultures of advanced industrial societies in profoundly important ways during the past few decades. This ambitious work examines changes in religious beliefs, in motives for work, in the issues that give rise to political conflict, in the importance people attach to having children and families, and in attitudes toward divorce, abortion, and homosexuality. Ronald Inglehart's earlier book, The Silent Revolution (Princeton, 1977), broke new ground by discovering a major intergenerational shift in the values of the populations of advanced industrial societies. This new volume demonstrates that this value shift is part of a much broader process of cultural change that is gradually transforming political, economic, and social life in these societies.

Inglehart uses a massive body of time-series survey data from twenty-six nations, gathered from 1970 through 1988, to analyze the cultural changes that are occurring as younger generations gradually replace older ones in the adult population. These changes have far-reaching political implications, and they seem to be transforming the economic growth rates of societies and the kind of economic development that is pursued.

  

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Contents

Culture Stable Democracy and Economic Development
15
The Rise of Postmaterialist Values
66
Stability and Change in Mass Belief Systems
104
Structure in Mass Value Systems The MaterialistPostmaterialist Dimension
130
Values Social Class and Economic Achievement
162
Changing Religious Orientations Gender Roles and Sexual Norms
177
Subjective WellBeing and Value Change Aspirations Adapt to Situations
212
The Diminishing Marginal Utility of Economic Determinism The Decline of Marxism
248
From EliteDirected to EliteDirecting Politics The Role of Cognitive Mobilization Changing Gender Roles and Changing Values
335
New Social Movements Values Ideology and Cognitive Mobilization
371
Cultural Change and the Atlantic Alliance
393
The Role of Culture in Social Change Conclusion
422
Appendix
435
References
461
Index
477
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The Impact of Values on Ideology and Political Behavior
289

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About the author (1990)

Ronald Inglehart is professor of political science and program director at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. His research deals with changing belief systems and their impact on social and political change. He helped found the Euro-Barometer surveys and directs the World Values Surveys. Related books include Modernization and Postmodernization: Cultural, Economic and Political Change in 43 Societies (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997), Rising Tide (2003, with Pippa Norris) and Development, Cultural Change and Democracy (2004, with Christian Welzel).

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