Projects in Developmental Idealism, and Family and Population Dynamics

Here we describe developmental idealism projects in various countries around the world. We are planning to extend research projects to other countries as opportunities become available.

Projects Organized by Country

Albania

Argentina

Bulgaria

China

Egypt

Iran

Iraq

Lebanon

Malawi

Nepal

Saudi Arabia

Taiwan

United States

Vietnam

Projects Organized by Purpose

Comparative Values Survey of Islamic Countries

Youth and Violence Project

Measuring Developmental Idealism and Family Life

Recent Pub

Allendorf, "Conflict and Compatibility? Developmental Idealism and Gendered Differences in Marital Choice." Journal of Marriage and Family

Recent Pub

Thornton, Dorius, Swindle, Young-Demarco, Moaddel. "Middle Eastern Beliefs about the Causal Linkages of Development to Freedom, Democracy, and Human Rights." Sociology of Development.

Recent Pub

Yount, Thornton, Young-Demarco, Patel. Lay Accounts of "Modern" and "Traditional" Family in Greater Cairo: A Test of Developmental Models of Family Life. Oxford University Press.

Reading History Sideways

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

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