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A World of Three Cultures: Honor, Achievement and Joy

Miguel E. Basáñez


Political scientists have recognized the importance of human values in development for hundreds of years, going back at least as far as Max Weber and Alexis de Tocqueville, but the field is still controversial. Modern survey research methods have given increasing scientific rigor to the study of cultures and values. This work utilizes quantitative survey data to delineate three cultural hyperclusters: cultures of honor, which prioritize political authority; cultures of achievement, which emphasize economic advancement; and cultures of joy, which focus on social interactions. A country’s develo ... More

Keywords: culture, values, beliefs, development, World Values Survey, Alexis de Tocqueville, Max Weber

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190270360
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190270360.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miguel E. Basáñez, author
Adjunct Professor and Director, Judiciary Reform Program, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

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