In 1981, the European and World Values surveys started the empirical investigations of value orientations on a global scale. This volume builds on these surveys, which now cover a time period of a quarter of a century. Two chapters discuss basic theoretical and methodological issues of value research, while four chapters focus on contemporary processes of value change: cultural globalization, individualization, secularization and democratization. These analyses of the data from the value surveys give new life to social science classics such as Tocqueville, Durkheim, Marx and Weber. The analyses are also of interest to the practitioners of economic and social development as well as educational and cultural policies. Contributors include: Chris Cochran, Yilmaz Esmer, Ronald Inglehart, Neil Nevitte, Shalom Schwartz, Thorleif Pettersson and Christian Welzel. This book was originally published as Volume 5 no. 2-3 (2006) of Brill's journal ‘Comparative Sociology'.
Yilmaz Esmer, Ph.D. (1977), Stanford University, is Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. His latest book, co-edited with Sabri Sayari, is Politics, Parties and Elections in Turkey (Lynne Rienner, 2002). He is a member of the Executive Committee of the World Values Survey Association.
Thorleif Pettersson, Ph.D. (1975) in Comparative Religion, University of Uppsala, is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the World Values Survey Association and has published extensively on religious studies and comparative value research.
Esmer, Yilmaz; Pettersson, Thorleif 2. Mapping Global Values
Inglehart, Ronald 3. A Theory of Cultural Value Orientations: Expectations and Applications
Schwartz, Shalon H. 4. Globalization, "McDonaldization" and Values: Quo Vadis?
Esmer, Yilmaz 5. Individualization in Europe and America: Connecting Religious and Moral Values
Nevitte, Neil; Cochrane, Christopher 6. Religion in Contemporary Society: Eroded by Human Well-being, Supported by Cultural Diversity
Pettersson, Thorleif 7. Democratization in the Human Development Perspective
All those interested in theories and methods for comparative value research, democratization, secularization, individualization and cultural globalization.