Iraqi Values and Beliefs

Mansoor Moaddel, P.I.

This developmental idealism project is a component of a larger project on Iraqi attitudes by Dr. Mansoor Moaddel. The project has administered two surveys to the Iraqi general population: the first in 2004 and the second in 2006. 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, and individual responsibility, media exposure, fatalistic attitudes, and demographic attributes.

Project Documentation:

Recent Pub

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

Recent Pub

Hongwei Xu. Developmental Idealism, Body Weight and Shape, and Marriage Entry in Transitional China. Chinese Journal of Sociology.

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"

Recent Pub

Allendorf & Pandian. "The Decline of Arranged Marriage? Marital Change and Continuity in India." Population and Development Review.

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Developmental Idealism
Population Studies Center
University of Michigan