Journals Higher Education

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08 July 2008

288 Pages

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ISBN: 9780195331806


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The Central Liberal Truth

How Politics Can Change a Culture and Save It from Itself

Lawrence E. Harrison

Drawing on a three-year research project that explored the cultural values of dozens of nations--from Botswana, Sweden, and India to China, Egypt, and Chile--Harrison offers a provocative look at values around the globe, revealing how each nation's culture has propelled or retarded their political and economic progress. The book presents 25 factors that operate very differently in cultures prone to progress and those that resist it, including one's influence over destiny, the importance attached to education, the extent to which people identify with and trust others, and the role of women in society. Harrison pulls no punches, and many of his findings will be controversial.

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