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The central liberal truth : how politics can change a culture and save it from itself

Author: Lawrence E Harrison
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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"Which cultural values, beliefs, and attitudes best promote democracy, social justice, and prosperity? How can we use the forces that shape cultural change, such as religion, child-rearing practices, education, and political leadership, to promote these values in the Third World - and for underachieving minorities in the First World? In this book, a follow-up to his acclaimed Culture Matters, Lawrence E. Harrison  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence E Harrison
ISBN: 0195300416 9780195300413
OCLC Number: 61513068
Description: xiv, 272 pages : map ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. The riddle of Hispaniola --
2. Disaggregating "culture" --
3. Models and instruments of cultural transmission/change --
4. Religions and progress --
5. Culture in action I --
6. Culture in action II --
7. Patterns of cultural change --
8. Success and failure --
9. Conclusion : Guidelines for progressive cultural change.
Responsibility: Lawrence E. Harrison.
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Which cultural values, beliefs, and attitudes best promote democracy, social justice, and prosperity? How can we use the forces that shape cultural change, such as religion, child-rearing practices,  Read more...

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