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Becoming modern : individual change in six developing countries
Inkeles, Alex, 1920-
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Publication Information:
-- Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1974.
Physical Description:
xi, 437 pages ; 25 cm
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"Written under the auspices of the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University."

Includes index.
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This is a valuable and fascinating book valuable because of the findings it presents, fascinating because of the way it presents them. The subject of Becoming Modern is the modernization process in six developing nations (Argentina, Chile, India, Israel, Nigeria, and Bangladesh). The method is to survey about a thousand men, aged 20-30, in each of these lands. The goal is to demonstrate that a modern man, identifiable by his attitudes toward different aspects of life, does indeed exist, and to find out what factors encourage the transformation from traditional to modern. -The New Leader

Author Notes

David H. Smith is Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University, and Director of the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Fundamentals
1. Introductionp. 3
2. Toward a Definition of the Modern Manp. 15
3. The Research Design and Sample Structurep. 36
4. The Conduct of the Fieldworkp. 50
Part II. Measuring Individual Modernity
5. Two Case Studiesp. 73
6. Constructing the OM Scale: An Overall Measure of Modernityp. 84
7. The Content of OM: The Concept of Individual Modernity Reexamined in the Light of Empirical Evidencep. 99
8. The Social Correlates of Individual Modernityp. 119
Part III. Contexts and Causes of Modernization
9. The School as a Context for Modernizationp. 133
10. Modernity and the Mass Mediap. 144
11. The Factory as a School in Modernityp. 154
12. Factory Modernityp. 175
13. The Role of Agricultural Cooperativesp. 192
14. Urban Nonindustrial Employmentp. 209
15. The Quantity and Quality of Urban Experiencep. 216
16. Rural Versus Urban Originp. 230
17. Home and School Backgroundp. 236
Part IV. Summary and Conclusion
18. The Behavioral Manifestations of Individual Modernityp. 251
19. An Overview: The Relative and Total Impact of the Explanatory Variablesp. 265
20. The Process of Individual Modernizationp. 278
21. Summary and Conclusions on the Social Significance of Individual Modernizationp. 289
A. The Questionnairep. 319
B. OM-12: The Short Formp. 348
C. The Set A Variablesp. 352
D. Migration and Individual Modernityp. 354
E. The Match Control Tablep. 357
Bibliographyp. 359
Notesp. 364
Indexp. 429