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Culture and Development: Do Social Struggles Make a Difference?

Abstract : Book abstract : Does culture matter? This question has taken on added significance since fundamentalist revivalism has recently gained ground in different parts of the world. The old controversy between Max Weber and Karl Marx, which centres around the extent to which cultural factors such as social norms and values affect economic growth is of critical importance, particularly because of its policy implications. Indeed, if culture is not an autonomous factor susceptible to influencing economic realities, it should not matter and public authorities can dispense with thinking about cultural interventions. On the other hand, if culture does have a real impact, the question arises as to whether it is conducive or detrimental to economic growth, political liberalization, and the emancipation of individuals among other things. Culture, Institutions, and Development addresses this debate at a concrete level by looking at five important issues: the role of tradition and its influence on development; the role of religion, with special reference to Middle Eastern countries; the role of family, kinship, and ethnic ties in the process of development; the relationship between culture and entrepreneurship; and the relationship between culture and poverty.
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Jean-François Leguil-Bayart. Culture and Development: Do Social Struggles Make a Difference?. Jean-Philippe Platteau; Robert Peccoud. Culture, Institutions, and Development. New Insights into an Old Debate, Routledge, pp.65 - 84, 2011, 0000. ⟨hal-03398054⟩

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