An analysis of postmaterialism in silent revolution by ronald inglehart

Kwok-Fai, Ting, and Catlrerine C. Following industrialization, advanced industrial society leads to a basic shift in values, de-emphasizing instrumental rationality. In the seventies Inglehart began developing an influential theory of Generational Replacement causing intergenerational value change from materialist to post-materialist values that helped shape the Eurobarometer Surveys, the World Values Surveys and other cross-national survey projects.

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The Silent Revolution: Changing Values and Political Styles Among Western Publics

Together, these two hypotheses carry the implication that, given long periods of material affluence, a growing part of society will embrace post-materialist value systems, an implication which has been indeed borne out internationally in the past 30 years of survey data. The argument was that the divide between these two cultural views was beginning to restructure political debate and conflict in advanced countries.

Inglehart uses a massive body of time-series survey data from twenty-six nations, gathered from throughto analyze the cultural changes that are occurring as younger generations gradually replace older ones in the adult population.

This new volume demonstrates that this value shift is part of a much broader process of cultural change that is gradually transforming political, economic, and social life in these societies.

From to the share of "pure post-materialists" increased from 13 to 31 percent in West Germany.

The Silent Revolution: Changing Values And Political Styles Among Western Publics

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The post-material orientations acquired by each cohort during socialisation have been observed to remain remarkably steady over the time-frame of multiple decades, being a more stable value -system in contrast to the more volatile political and social attitudes. It is argued that in developed countries, the established churches are losing their ability to tell people how to live their lives, but spiritual concerns, broadly defined, may be becoming increasingly important.

Ft'ottt postnurterialist valttes irr a still tttrterialist ccotttt tt, the iricJividLral level.Ronald Inglehart's earlier book, The Silent Revolution (Princeton, ), broke new ground by discovering a major intergenerational shift in the values of the Reviews: 1. Ronald Inglehart is Professor of Political Science and Program Director at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

Among his books are The Silent Revolution: Changing Values and Political Styles among Western Publics and Culture Shift in Advanced Industrial Society, both published by Princeton University Press. The concept of postmaterialism was first proposed by Ronald Inglehart in the 'Silent Revolution' ().

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In this essay, I will firstly analyse what materialism then postmaterialism are. I shall then discuss some of the criticisms of the theory.

I will then analyse to what extent Essex Unive. Inglehart, Ronald (). The Silent Revolution: Changing Values and Political Styles among Western Publics. Princeton: Princeton University Press. The silent counter-revolution Inglehart’s thesis of the silent revolution (Inglehart, ) focuses on value system towards a steady and progressive increase of postmaterialism.

Basic needs and political values: Some perspectives from Norway on Europe's “silent revolution.” Acta Sociologica, 19, Google Scholar, Link: Lafferty, W.M., & Knutsen, O.

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