Culture Matters

Culture Matters

How Values Shape Human Progress

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Baker & Taylor
Probing the difficult questions of why some modern industrialized nations are more successful than others at providing basic freedoms and a decent standard of living to their people, the author looks to the cultural values underpinning societies, arguing that they are the key to understanding the success or failure of the "developed" nation.

Perseus Publishing
"The world at the beginning of the twenty-first century is more divided than ever between the rich and the poor, between those living in freedom and those under oppression. Even in prosperous democraci"

The world at the beginning of the twenty-first century is more divided than ever between the rich and the poor, between those living in freedom and those under oppression. Even in prosperous democracies, troubling gaps in well-being persist. As the credibility of traditional explanations--colonialism, dependency, racism--declines, many now believe that the principal reason why some countries and ethnic groups are better off than others lies in the cultural values that powerfully shape nations and people's political, economic, and social performance. Many of the distinguished contributors to Culture Matters believe that value and attitude change is indispensable to progress for those who are lagging.Among the prominent scholars and journalists contributing to the volume are Francis Fukuyama, Nathan Glazer, David Landes, Seymour Martin Lipset, Orlando Patterson, Michael Porter, Jeffrey Sachs, and Richard Shweder.


Book News
Scholars and journalists from around the world consider the political and economic differences around the world, and the relationship between these elements and the values of a culture. Specific essays focus on economic development, political development, anthropological debates, gender issues, the status of American minorities, the Asian crisis, and the possibility of change. The analysis emphasizes cultural causes rather than traditional explanations relating to colonialism, racism, and dependency. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2000]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780465031757
0465031757
Branch Call Number: 306 CULTU
Characteristics: xxxiv, 348 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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