Bulgarian Values and Beliefs

Arland Thornton, P.I.

This project seeks to collect country development rating scale data from respondents living in Bulgaria. These Bulgarian data will join the growing list of diverse locations from which country development rating scale data has been collected during the past several years. Data collected from Bulgaria will be evaluated to a) determine whether ordinary Bulgarian citizens are able to rate countries around the world on an eleven-point development scale, b) produce a correlation between Bulgarian respondent country development ratings and United Nations country development ratings, and c) compare Bulgarian country development rating data with other research sites where country development ratings have been collected by our research team.

Project Documentation:


Dec 8: Arland Thornton revisits his 2001 PAA Presidential Address on "Reading History Sideways."

Recent Pub

Special Issue On Developmental Idealism, Sociology of Development, 2019.

Recent Pub

Allendorf, Thornton, Mitchell, and Young-Demarco. "The Influence of Developmental Idealism on Marital Attitudes, Expectations, and Timing." Journal of Family Issues.

Reading History Sideways

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

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Developmental Idealism
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