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Cultural Change and Persistence

New Perspectives on Development

  • William Ascher
  • John M. Heffron

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. William Ascher, John M. Heffron
    Pages 1-23
  3. John M. Heffron
    Pages 43-66
  4. John Christian Laursen
    Pages 67-79
  5. Mikhail Alexseev
    Pages 81-111
  6. Zhou Yongming
    Pages 133-146
  7. Nita Kumar
    Pages 147-167
  8. Carrie C. Chorba
    Pages 169-182
  9. Charles H. Norchi
    Pages 203-232
  10. William Ascher, John M. Hefron
    Pages 233-244
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 245-263

About this book


This book is about the ways that traditional cultural practices either change or persist in the face of social and economic development, whether the latter proceeds primarily from internal or external forces.


capital culture education globalization identity migration Nation nationalism politics social capital Tradition

Editors and affiliations

  • William Ascher
    • 1
  • John M. Heffron
    • 2
  1. 1.Claremont McKenna CollegeUSA
  2. 2.Soka University of AmericaUSA

About the editors

WILLIAM L. ASCHER Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics at Claremont McKenna College, USA.
JOHN M. HEFFRON Professor of History and Associate Director of the Pacific Basin Research Center at Soka University of America, USA.

Bibliographic information


"This work shrewdly and compellingly advances the important topic of culture and economic development, enriching efforts ranging from anthropology (e.g. Stephen Gudeman) to World Bank economists. The authors cut through and across older formulations, for example, in their useful comparison of globalization and modernization and in their suggestive correlations of cultural factors as inhibiting and energizing development. As one favoring analysis both contextualizing and generalizing, I recommend this book for both scholars and practitioners." - James Peacock, Kenan Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina and former president of the American Anthropological Association