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

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