A World of Three Cultures: Honor, Achievement and Joy by Miguel E. BasanezA World of Three Cultures: Honor, Achievement and Joy by Miguel E. Basanez

A World of Three Cultures: Honor, Achievement and Joy

byMiguel E. Basanez

Paperback | January 22, 2016

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In this book, Miguel Basanez presents a provocative look at the impact of culture on global development. Drawing on data from governments, NGOs, the World Values Survey and more addressing over one hundred countries, he argues that values, as the "building blocks" of culture, are directlyrelated to the speed with which social, cultural and economic development occurs. Basanez utilizes quantitative survey data to delineate three cultural hyperclusters across the globe: cultures of honor, which prioritize political authority; cultures of achievement, which emphasize economicadvancement; and cultures of joy, which focus on social interactions. According to Basanez, these cultures evolved chronologically, mirroring the development of agrarian, industrial and service societies.He argues that a country's developmental path is profoundly influenced by its people's values and culture, as crystallized through its formal and informal governing institutions. Culture is passed down over generations through families, schools, the media, religious institutions, leadership, and thelaw. Although culture and values are in a permanent state of evolution, leaders and policymakers can also push cultural change in order to promote desirable goals such as economic growth, democratization, and equality. Over the course of the book, Basanez introduces two new measures of development: the Objective Development Index (which blends rubrics such as health, education, income, gender equality, political rights and civil liberties, and economic inequality) and the Subjective Development Index (which usesresponses to the World Values Survey to classify countries according to their values).
Miguel E. Basanez was named Ambassador of Mexico to the United States of America in 2015. Prior to serving as Ambassador, he was Adjunct Professor and Director of the Judicial Reform Program at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. He is also a past president of the World Association for Public Opinion Research.
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Title:A World of Three Cultures: Honor, Achievement and JoyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:January 22, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190270373

ISBN - 13:9780190270377

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Table of Contents

ForewordAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPART I: VALUES AS KEYSTONE OF CULTURES: LITERATURE REVIEW1. Historical Analyses2. Empirical AnalysesPART 2: VALUE AXES AND THE GEOGRAPHY OF CULTURES3. Three-Dimensional Representation4. Cultural GeographyPART 3: CULTURES OF HONOR, ACHIEVEMENT, AND JOY5. Empirical Profiles of the Three Cultures6. The Three Cultures in the World Values SurveyPART 4: CULTURAL CHANGE7. Six Agents of Cultural Change8. Processes of Change9. Axiological DiagnosisPART 5: CONCEPTS AND MEASURES OF DEVELOPMENT10. The Objective and Subjective Development IndicesPART 6: THE DRIVING FORCES OF DEVELOPMENT11. The Structures of Nature and Human Action12. The Power of IdeasConclusionAppendicesNotesBibliographyIndex

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"A World of Three Cultures is a book to be recommended in a time of cultural wars, because it helps the reader to give meaning to such conflicts through the use of statistical data and to give hope to global public opinion in a possible convergence scenario." --Matteo B. Marini, Professor of Development Economics, Universita della Calabria