Lebanese Values and Beliefs

Mansoor Moaddel, P.I.

This developmental idealism project is a component of a larger project on Lebanese attitudes by Dr. Mansoor Moaddel. Dr. Moaddel is heading a project in Lebanon that administered a survey to the Lebanese general population in 2008. The survey questionnaire addressed a variety of issues, including attitudes about developmental idealism; attitudes toward important sociopolitical, gender, and religious issues; attitudes toward religious fundamentalism and political violence; and the respondents' backgrounds and social attributes. Future analyses will focus on understanding possible determinants for the endorsement and rejection of various Western values. Potential determinants include attitudes toward democracy, love as the basis for marriage, privatization, individual responsibility, media exposure, fatalistic attitudes, and demographic attributes.

Project Documentation:

Recent Pub

Allendor & Thornton. "Caste and Choice: The Influence of Developmental Idealism on Marriage Behavior." American Journal of Sociology.

Reading History Sideways

The method of reading history sideways is described and critiqued by Arland Thornton

Recent Pub

Thornton, Dorius & Swindle. Developmental Idealism: The Cultural Foundations of World Development Programs. Sociology of Development.

Recent Pub

Serap Kavas. 'Wardrobe Modernity': Western Attire as a Tool of Modernization in Turkey. Middle Eastern Studies.

Video Lecture

Arland Thornton speaks on "Developmental Idealism: The Cultural Foundations of Worldwide Development Programs"

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Developmental Idealism
Population Studies Center
University of Michigan