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Culture matters : how values shape human progress
Harrison, Lawrence E.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Basic Books, [2000]

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xxxiv, 348 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Culture makes almost all the difference / David Landes -- Attitudes, values, beliefs, and the microeconomics of prosperity / Michael E. Porter -- Notes on a new sociology of economic development / Jeffrey Sachs -- A cultural typology of economic development / Mariano Grondona -- Culture and the behavior of elites in Latin America / Carlos Alberto Montaner -- Does Africa need a cultural adjustment program? / Daniel Etounga-Manguelle -- Culture and democracy / Ronald Inglehart -- Social capital / Francis Fukuyama -- Corruption, culture, and markets / Seymour Martin Lipset and Gabriel Salman Lenz -- Traditional beliefs and practices: Are some better than others? / Robert B. Edgerton -- Culture, childhood, and progress in Sub-Saharan Africa / Thomas S. Weisner -- Moral maps, "first world" conceits, and the new evangelists / Richard A. Shweder -- Culture, gender, and human rights / Barbara Crossette -- Culture, institutions, and gender inequality in Latin America / Mala Htun -- Taking culture seriously: a framework and an Afro-American illustration / Orlando Patterson -- Disaggregating culture / Nathan Glazer -- Law, family ties, and the East Asian way of business / Dwight H. Perkins -- "Asian values": from dynamos to dominoes? / Lucian W. Pye -- Multiple modernities: a preliminary inquiry into the implications of East Asian modernity / Tu Wei-ming -- Changing the mind of a nation: elements in a process for creating prosperity / Michael Fairbanks -- Culture, mental models, and national prosperity / Stace Lindsay -- Promoting progressive cultural change / Lawrence E. Harrison.
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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.

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Why do some cultures achieve economic success while others languish? Why do some countries develop successful democracies while others continue to undergo political upheavals? Are these discrepancies because of the cultural values of a people and their country? How important are these values, and can they be modified? These questions and others are discussed within the wide-ranging, thought-provoking, and sometimes quite controversial essays presented here. Drawn from a symposium sponsored by the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, essays by David Landes, Lucien Pye, Barbara Crossette, and others cover a wide variety of topics, from the effect of culture on various countries throughout the world to a discussion of culture and its role in gender issues. Also of interest are essays on how cultural issues may be the root cause of African American underachievement in the United States. Those interested in economics, cultural studies, international studies, and political science will find much to think about in this challenging collection. For academic libraries.--Danna Bell-Russel, Library of Congress (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Samuel P. HuntingtonLawrence E. HarrisonDavid LandesMichael E. PorterJeffrey SachsMariano GrondonaCarlos Alberto MontanerDaniel Etounga-ManguelleRonald InglehartFrancis FukuyamaSeymour Martin Lipset and Gabriel Salman LenzRobert B. EdgertonThomas S. WeisnerRichard A. ShwederBarbara CrossetteMala HtunOrlando PattersonNathan GlazerDwight H. PerkinsLucian W. PyeTu Wei-MingMichael FairbanksStace LindsayLawrence E. Harrison
Table and Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Foreword: Cultures Countp. xiii
Introduction: Why Culture Mattersp. xvii
I Culture and Economic Development
1 Culture Makes Almost All the Differencep. 2
2 Attitudes, Values, Beliefs, and the Microeconomics of Prosperityp. 14
3 Notes on a New Sociology of Economic Developmentp. 29
4 A Cultural Typology of Economic Developmentp. 44
5 Culture and the Behavior of Elites in Latin Americap. 56
6 Does Africa Need a Cultural Adjustment Program?p. 65
II Culture and Political Development
7 Culture and Democracyp. 80
8 Social Capitalp. 98
9 Corruption, Culture, and Marketsp. 112
III The Anthropological Debate
10 Traditional Beliefs and Practices--Are Some Better than Others?p. 126
11 Culture, Childhood, and Progress in Sub-Saharan Africap. 141
12 Moral Maps, "First World" Conceits, and the New Evangelistsp. 158
IV Culture and Gender
13 Culture, Gender, and Human Rightsp. 178
14 Culture, Institutions, and Gender Inequality in Latin Americap. 189
V Culture and American Minorities
15 Taking Culture Seriously: A Framework and an Afro-American Illustrationp. 202
16 Disaggregating Culturep. 219
VI The Asian Crisis
17 Law, Family Ties, and the East Asian Way of Businessp. 232
18 "Asian Values": From Dynamos to Dominoes?p. 244
19 Multiple Modernities: A Preliminary Inquiry into the Implications of East Asian Modernityp. 256
VII Promoting Change
20 Changing the Mind of a Nation: Elements in a Process for Creating Prosperityp. 268
21 Culture, Mental Models, and National Prosperityp. 282
22 Promoting Progressive Cultural Changep. 296
Notesp. 309
Biographical Sketches of Contributorsp. 329
Indexp. 333