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Postmaterialist Values and the Shift from Survival to Self‐Expression Values

Ronald Inglehart

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270125.003.0012

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

Postmaterialist Values and the Shift from Survival to Self‐Expression Values

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This article discusses the postmaterialist values, as well as the shift from survival to self-expression. It looks at controversies over the value change thesis and discusses changing political arguments. One section covers intergenerational value change in economically advanced and low-income societies. This article concludes that intergenerational value changes actually reflect historic changes in a society's existential conditions. Although these changes are far from universal, they can be found only in societies where the younger generations have experienced rather different formative conditions from those that had shaped the older generations.

Keywords: postmaterialist values; value change thesis controversies; changing political arguments; intergenerational value change; existential conditions; formative conditions

Article.  7070 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

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