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The Central Liberal Truth: How Politics Can Change a Culture and Save It from Itself

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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, Lawrence E. Harrison offers ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2006)
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Glenda
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it


Don't let the title throw you off! The description is more accurate of what the book is about. I loved that this was an academic, and to the best that I could tell, non-biased look at the elements within a culture that not only define it, but which-when changes to culture occurs from within a society- can be used to build a successful framework for real and lasting prosperity and democracy. How do you promote cultural changes from within a society to achieve these goals is the question explored
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Jill Cordry
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has lived in many countries and diverse cultures, I agree with the premise of this book that some cultural attributes are conducive to progress and others are resistant. I read CULTURE MATTERS several years ago, and this book is an expansion and update.
Dan
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is less a book arguing a particular point than a collection of poorly pieced together workshop essays coming from a particular angle. That angle, by the way, is that WASP morals/ethics are the best, and that is why history has turned out as it did.
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