Publications

Available and pending publications related to Developmental Idealism Studies.

Books & Special Issues

Developmental Idealism special issue, Chinese Journal of Sociology. 2(4), 2016.

Kathryn M. Yount, Hoda Rashad (eds), Family in the Middle East: Ideational change in Egypt, Iran and Tunisia. Routledge. 2008

R. Jayokody, A. Thornton, and W. Axinn, editors. International Family Change: Ideational Perspectives. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 2008.

Thornton, Arland. "Reading History Sideways: The Fallacy and Enduring Impact of the Developmental Paradigm on Family Life." University of Chicago Press, 2005. Series: (PD) Population and Development Series.

Articles & Chapters

Kiss, Tamás. Online Access 2017. "Escaping the "Balkanizing" Gaze? Perceptions of Global and Internal Developmental Hierarchies in Romania." East European Politics and Societies.

Thornton, Arland, Shawn F. Dorius, Jeffrey Swindle, Linda Young-Demarco, and Mansoor Moaddel. 2017. "Middle Eastern Beliefs about the Causal Linkages of Development to Freedom, Democracy, and Human Rights." Sociology of Development, 70(94): 70-94.

Allendorf, Keera. 2017. "Conflict and Compatibility? Developmental Idealism and Gendered Differences in Marital Choice." Journal of Marriage and Family, 79(2): 337-355.

Thornton, Arland, Kathryn M. Yount, Linda Young-Demarco, and Mansoor Moaddel. 2017. "Modernization, World System, and Clash of Civilization Perspectives in Lay Views of the Development- Morality Nexus in the United States and the Middle East." In Values, Political Action, and Change in the Middle East and the Arab Spring edited by Mansoor Moaddel and Michele J. Gelfand. Chapter 4. Oxford University Press.

Yount, Kathryn M., Arland Thornton, Linda Young-Demarco, and Shilpa N. Patel. 2017. "Lay Accounts of "Modern" and "Traditional" Family in Greater Cairo: A Test of Developmental Models of Family Life." In Values, Political Action, and Change in the Middle East and the Arab Spring edited by Mansoor Moaddel and Michele J. Gelfand. Chapter 5. Oxford University Press.

Melegh, Attila, Tamás Kiss, Sabina Csánóová, Linda Young-DeMarco, and Arland Thornton. 2016. "The perception of global hierarchies: South-Eastern European patterns in comparative perspectives." Chinese Journal of Sociology, 2(4): 497-523.

Lai, Qing, and Zheng Mu. 2016. "Universal, yet local: The religious factor in Chinese Muslims' perception of world developmental hierarchy." Chinese Journal of Sociology, 2(4): 524-546.

Dorius, S. F. 2016. "Chinese and world cultural models of developmental hierarchy." Chinese Journal of Sociology, 2(4): 577-608.

Thornton, Arland, Georgina Binstock, Linda Young-DeMarco, Colter Mitchell, Kathryn M. Yount, and Yu Xie. 2016. "Evaluating the measurement reliabilities and dimensionality of developmental idealism measures." Chinese Journal of Sociology, 2(4): 609-635.

Thornton, Arland, and Yu Xie. 2016. "Developmental Idealism in China." Chinese Journal of Sociology, 2(4): 483-496.

Thornton, Arland, and Li-Shou Yang. 2016. "Perceptions of Developmental Hierarchies in Taiwan: Conceptual, Substantive, and Methodological Insights." Chinese Journal of Sociology, 2(4): 547-576.

Allendorf, Keera, and Roshan K. Pandian. 2016. "The Decline of Arranged Marriage? Marital Change and Continuity in India." Population and Development Review, 42(3): 435-464.

Xu, Hongwei. 2016. "Developmental Idealism, Body Weight and Shape, and Marriage Entry in Transitional China." Chinese Journal of Sociology, 2(2): 235-258.

Horváth, István, and Tamás Kiss. 2015. "Depopulating semi-periphery? Longer term dynamics of migration and socioeconomic development in Romania." Demográfia, 58(5).

Allendorf, Keera, and Arland Thornton. 2015. "Caste and Choice: The Influence of Developmental Idealism on Marriage Behavior." American Journal of Sociology, 121(1): 243-287.

Kavas, Serap. 2015. "'Wardrobe Modernity': Western Attire as a Tool of Modernization in Turkey." Middle Eastern Studies, 51(4): 515-539.

Thornton, Arland, Shawn F. Dorius, and Jeffrey Swindle. 2015. "Developmental Idealism: The Cultural Foundations of World Development Programs." Sociology of Development, 1(2): 277-320. PDF.

Lai, Qing, and Arland Thornton. 2015. "The making of family values: Developmental idealism in Gansu, China." Social Science Research, 51: 174-188.

Kavas, Serap. 2014. "Discourses Of Demographic Change And Population Policies In Turkey In The Twentieth Century." Demográfia, 57(5): 91–112.

Thornton, Arland. 2014. "Population Structures." In Concise Encyclopedia of Comparative Sociology edited by Sasaki, Goldstone, Zimmermann, and Sanderson. Brill. PDF.

Thornton, Arland, Rachael Pierotti, Linda Young-DeMarco, and Susan Watkins. 2014. "Developmental Idealism and Cultural Models of the Family in Malawi." Population Research and Policy Review, 33(5): 693-716.

Allendorf, Keera. 2013. "Schemas of Marital Change: From Arranged Marriages to Eloping for Love." Journal of Marriage and Family, 75(2): 453–469.

Binstock, Georgina, Arland Thornton, M.J. Abbasi-Shavazi, Dirgha J. Ghimire, Yu Xie, and K.M. Yount. 2013. "Influences on the knowledge and beliefs of ordinary people about developmental hierarchies." International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 54(4): 325-344.

Kavas, Serap, and Arland Thornton. 2013. "Adjustment and Hybridity in Turkish Family Change: Perspectives from Developmental Idealism." Journal of Family History, 38(2): 223-241.

Melegh, Attila, Arland Thornton, Dimiter Philipov, and Linda Young-DeMarco. 2013. "Perceptions of societal developmental hierarchies in Europe and beyond: A Bulgarian Perspective." European Sociological Review, 29(3): 603-615.

Melegh, Attila. 2012. "Net Migration and Historical Development in Southeastern Europe since 1950*." Hungarian Historical Review, 1(3-4): 415-453.

Thornton, Arland. 2012. "Developed and less developed societies." In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization edited by George Ritzer. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. [PDF, full text, unedited]

Thornton, Arland. 2012. "Developmental idealism." In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization edited by George Ritzer. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. [PDF, full text, unedited]

Thornton, Arland. 2012. "International Family Change And Continuity: The Past And Future From The Developmental Idealism Perspective." In Marriage at the Crossroads: Law, Policy, and the Brave New World of Twenty-First-Century Families edited by Marsha Garrison and Elizabeth Scott. Cambridge University Press.

Thornton, Arland, Linda Young-DeMarco, and Dirgha J. Ghimire. 2012. "Views of the Interrelationships of the Dimensions of Developmental Idealism and Family Life: Evidence from Nepal." PSC Research Report No. 12-778. 10 2012.

Thornton, Arland, Georgina Binstock, Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi, Dirgha J. Ghimire, Arjan Gjonca, Attila Melegh, Colter Mitchell, Mansoor Moaddel, Yu Xie, Li-Shou Yang, Linda Young-DeMarco, and Kathryn Yount. 2012. "Knowledge and Beliefs about National Development and Developmental Hierarchies: the Viewpoints of Ordinary People in Thirteen Countries." Social Science Research, 41(5): 1053-1068.

Thornton, Arland, Dirgha J. Ghimire, and Colter Mitchell. 2012. "The measurement and prevalence of an ideational model of family and economic development in Nepal." Population Studies, 66(3): 329-345.

Xie, Yu, Arland Thornton, Guangzhou Wang, and Qing Lai. 2012. "Societal Projection: Beliefs Concerning the Relationship between Development and Inequality in China." Social Science Research, 41(5): 1069-1084.

Abbasi-Shavazi, Mohammad Jalal, Abbas Askari-Nodoushan, and Arland Thornton. 2012. "Family Life and Developmental Idealism in Yazd, Iran." Demographic Research, 26: 207-238.

Thornton, Arland, Georgina Binstock, Kathryn M. Yount, Mohammad Abbasi-Shavazi, Dirgha J. Ghimire, and Yu Xie. 2012. "International Fertility Change: New Data and Insights from the Developmental Idealism Framework." Demography, 49(2): 677-698.

Thornton, Arland. 2011. "The International Fight Against Barbarism: Historical and Comparative Perspectives on Marriage Timing, Consent, and Polygamy." In Modern Polygamy in the United States: Historical, Cultural, and Legal Issues. Oxford University Press.

Three papers presented at the Third European Congress on World and Universal History concerning Population Development and Global hierarchies were published in Demografia (Volume 53, Number 5, 2010):
Dirk J. van de Kaa: Universal history and population change (pages 5-20).
Arland Thornton: International family change and continuity: the past and future from the developmental idealism perspective (pages 21-50).
Attila Melegh: Between global and local hierarchies: population management in the first half of the twentieth century (pages 51-77).

Thornton, Arland. 2010. "Reviewed Work: 'A Historical Sociology of Childhood: Developmental Thinking, Categorization and Graphic Visualization' by André Turmel." American Historical Review, 115(1): 184-185.

Thornton, Arland, Alexandra Achen Killewald, Jennifer S. Barber, Georgina Binstock, Wade M. Garrison, Dirgha J. Ghimire, Ronald F. Inglehart, Rukmalie Jayakody, Yang Jiang, Julie de Jong, Katherine E. King, Ron J. Lesthaeghe, Sohair Mehanna, Colter Mitchell, Mansoor Moaddel, Mary Beth Ofstedal, Norbert Schwarz, Guangzhou Wang, Yu Xie, Li-Shou Yang, Linda Young-Demarco, and Kathryn Yount. 2010. "Creating Questions and Protocols for an International Study of Ideas About Development and Family Life." In Survey Methods in Multinational, Multiregional and Multicultural Conexts edited by Janet A. Harkness, Michael Braun, Brad Edwards, Timothy P. Johnson, Lars Lyberg, Peter Ph. Mohler, Beth-Ellen Pennell, Tom W. Smith. John Wiley & Sons, Inc..

Thornton, Arland. 2009. "Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Marriage." In Marriage and family: perspectives and complexities edited by H. Elizabeth Peters and Claire M. Kamp Dush. New York: Columbia University Press.

Thornton, Arland. 2009. "Framework for Interpreting Long-Term Trends in Values and Beliefs Concerning Single-Parent Families." Journal of Marriage and Family, 71(2): 230-234. PDF.

Thornton, Arland, and Dimiter Philipov. 2009. "Sweeping Changes in Marriage, Cohabitation and Childbearing in Central and Eastern Europe: New Insights from the Developmental Idealism Framework." European Journal of Population, 25: 123-156. PDF.

Thornton, Arland, Georgina Binstock, and Dirgha J. Ghimire. 2008. "International dissemination of ideas about development and family change." In International Family Change: ideational perspectives edited by Rukmalie Jayakody, Arland Thornton, William G Axinn. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Jayakody, Rukmalie, Arland Thornton, and William G. Axinn. 2008. . (Eds)International Family Change: Ideational Perspectives. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Binstock, Georgina, and Arland Thornton. 2007. "Knowledge and Use of Developmental Thinking about Societies and Families among Teenagers in Argentina." Demográfia, 50(5): 75-104. PDF.

Yount, K. M. 2005. "Women's family power and gender preference in Minya, Egypt." Journal of Marriage and Family, 67(2): 410-428.

Thornton, Arland. 2001. "The Developmental Paradigm, Reading History Sideways and Family Change." Demography, 38(4): 449-465.

Developmental Idealism Working Papers

Thornton, Arland, and Li-Shou Yang. 2013. "Perceptions of Developmental Hierarchies in Taiwan: Conceptual, Substantive, and Methodological Insights." PSC Research Report No. 13-807. October 2013.

Thornton, Arland, Linda Young-DeMarco, and Dirgha Ghimire. 2012. "Views of the Interrelationships of the Dimensions of Developmental Idealism and Family Life: Evidence from Nepal." PSC Research Report No. 12-778. October 2012.

Thornton, Arland, Dirgha Ghimire, and Linda Young-DeMarco. 2012. "The Reliability and Stability of Measures about People's Values and Beliefs Concerning Family Life and Social Change." PSC Research Report No. 12-777. October 2012.

Arland Thornton, Georgina Binstock, Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi, Dirgha Ghimire, Arjan Gjonca, Attila Melegh, Colter Mitchell, Yu Xie, Li-Shou Yang, Linda Young-DeMarco, Kathryn Yount. 2010. "Knowledge and Beliefs of Ordinary People about Developmental Hierarchies." PSC Research Report No. 10-715. July 2010.

Arland Thornton and Yu Xie. 2010."Knowledge and Beliefs Concerning Development and Income Inequality in China and the United States." PSC Research Report No. 10-714. July 2010.

Arland Thornton, Georgina Binstock, Kathryn Yount, Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi, Dirgha Ghimire, and Yu Xie. 2010. "International Fertility Change: New Data and Insights from the Developmental Idealism Framework." PSC Research Report No. 10-713. June 2010.

Arland Thornton, Dimiter Philipov. Developmental Idealism and Family and Demographic Change in Central and Eastern Europe. European Demographic Research Papers No. 3. Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. 2007.

de Jong, Julie, Dirgha Ghimire, Arland Thornton, Lisa D. Pearce. "Developmental Idealism and Changing Models of Marriage." PSC Research Report No. 06-609. October 2006.

Georgina Binstock and Thornton, Arland. "Knowledge and Use of Developmental Thinking About Societies and Families among Teenagers in Argentina." PSC Research Report No. 06-587. January 2006.

Thornton, Arland, Dirgha J. Ghimire, and Colter Mitchell. "The Measurement and Prevalence of Developmental Thinking about the Family: Evidence from Nepal." PSC Research Report 04-567. October 2004.

Thornton, Arland, Georgina Binstock, and Dirgha Ghimire. "International Networks, Ideas, and Family Change." PSC Research Report 04-566. October 2004.

Reading History Sideways Working Papers

Arland Thornton. "Descriptions of the Reading History Sideways Method (the Comparative Method) by Scholars of the 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s." Working Paper. November 2007.

Arland Thornton. "Robert Malthus, the Developmental Paradigm, Reading History Sideways, and Family Myths." Working Paper. December 2005.

Arland Thornton. "Frederick Le Play, the Developmental Paradigm, Reading History Sideways, and Family Myths." Working Paper. December 2005.

Arland Thornton. "Edward Westermarck, the Developmental Paradigm, Reading History Sideways, and Family Myths." Working Paper. November 2005.

Arland Thornton. "John Millar and Other Scholars of the 1700s and 1800s Using the Developmental Paradigm, Reading History Sideways, and International Cross-Sectional Data to Reach Conclusions about Changes in Family Relationships and Processes." Working Paper. November 2005.

Related Papers

Akbar Aghajanian, Vaida Thompson, Ali A. Moqadas. State Ideology and Female School Enrollment in Iran. The Open Family Studies Journal. 8:13-20. 2016.

A.G. Loeffler, Erika Friedl. The birthrate drop in Iran. Journal of Comparative Human Biology. 65(3):240-255. 2014.

Geoff Harkness, Rana Khaled. Modern Traditionalism: Consanguineous Marriage in Qatar. Journal of Marriage and Family, 76: 587-603. 2014

Sabina Csánóová. Rank-Ordering Modernity: Perceptions Of Global Hierarchies And Development In Hungary. Masters Thesis submitted to Central European University Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology. 2013.

Mark Cammack and Tim Heaton. Indonesia: Developmental Idealism and the Effect of Political Change. Asian Journal of Social Science 39 (6):776-796. 2011. DOI.

Hani A. Guend. "Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Fertility Transition in Muslim Populations." in Navigating Time and Space in Population Studies. M.P. Gutmann et al. (eds.) Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011. DOI.






















































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

Kiss, Tamás. "Escaping the "Balkanizing" Gaze? Perceptions of Global and Internal Developmental Hierarchies in Romania." East European Politics and Societies.

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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