The Rhythm of Modernization: How Values Change over Time

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In The Rhythm of Modernization, Raül Tormos analyses the pace at which belief systems change across the developed world during the modernization process. It is often assumed that value change follows the slow rhythm of generational replacement. This book, however, reports trends that contradict this assumption in the field of values. Challenging Inglehart’s modernization theory, the transition from traditional to modern values happens much quicker than predicted. Many “baby-boomers” who were church-going, morally conservative materialists when they were young, become unchurched and morally tolerant postmaterialists in their later years. Using surveys from multiple countries over many years, and applying cutting-edge statistical techniques, this book shows how citizens quickly adapt their belief systems to new circumstances throughout their lives.

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Biographical Note

Raül Tormos, Ph.D. (2013), Autonomous University of Barcelona, is Senior Researcher at the Centre d’Estudis d’Opinió. His research appears in European Political Science Review, Social Indicators Research, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, among other journals.

Table of contents

AKNOWLEDGEMENTS

INTRODUCTION
The Research Problem
Outline of the Research

1. THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
Theories of Values
Value Change
Adult Socialization
Political Culture and Models of Learning
The Individual Modernity Syndrome
Hypotheses

Chapter 2: DATA AND METHOD
Scope of the Analysis and Data
Disentangling Time-Related Phenomena
The Age, Period, and Cohort Dilemma
The Logic of Time-Series Analysis
Space and Time as Contexts in Multilevel Models

Chapter 3: POSTMATERIALIST VALUES AND LIFETIME LEARNING
Inglehart’s Theory of Postmaterialism
Evidence from Repeated Cross-Section Data
The Counterfactual Approach
Descriptive Time-series Analysis
A Dynamic Multivariate Model
Concluding Remarks

Chapter 4: THE PACE OF SECULARIZATION
Theories of Religious Change
The Age-Period-Cohort Debate
Declining Church Attendance
The Belgian Case
Importance of Religion
Importance of God
Conclusion

Chapter 5: A FAST TURN IN MORAL NORMS
The Decline of Traditional Morality
Tolerance of Homosexuality: From Rejection to Acceptance
Modernization and Attitudes to Homosexuality
Alternative Conceptualizations
Descriptive Over Time and Cross-Country Analysis
Dynamic Comparative Multilevel Models

CONCLUSIONS

Bibliography

Readership

Scholars and specialists, institutes (E.g. GESIS, ICPSR, HSE, CESSI, etc.), academic libraries, social science practitioners, graduate students in political science, sociology and social psychology interested in values research, social change, modernization, public opinion, comparative research, quantitative methods, and age-period-cohort effects.

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