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Inglehart's Materialism-Postmaterialism Concept: Clarifying the Dimensionality Debate Through Rokeach's Model of Social Values†
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 26, Issue 17, pages 1536–1555, September 1996
How to Cite
Braithwaite, V., Makkai, T. and Pittelkow, Y. (1996), Inglehart's Materialism-Postmaterialism Concept: Clarifying the Dimensionality Debate Through Rokeach's Model of Social Values. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 26: 1536–1555. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1996.tb00085.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
This paper addresses an ongoing debate concerning the dimensionality of Inglehart's (1971, 1977, 1981, 1990) concept of materialism-postmaterialism. According to Inglehart, this concept is unidimensional, distinct from the traditional left-right political belief continuum, and central to explaining the changes taking place in the values of advanced industrial societies. To date, the debate has sought answers in different item sets, factor analytic solutions, and rotations. This paper approaches the problem through psychological models of social values. Materialism-postmaterialism, it is argued, involves a prioritizing of values from two orthogonal value orientations which have grown out of the work of Rokeach (1973): national strength and order and international harmony and equality.