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Underdevelopment Is a State of Mind
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The Latin American Case, Updated Edition
Harrison argues that this is wrong, and shows how the legacy of the Spanish and Catholic influences has produced a culture that is anti-progressive. I was a bit surprised at how often he brings up the importance of child rearing practices. This is a very well researched book. It was well written. It was very thought provoking. The premise of this book will be despised by anyone accustomed to blaming others for their own poor decisions and personal shortcomings. The cultures on our planet have different ideas regarding basic concepts such as education, honesty, work, personal sacrifice, productivity, promptness, responsibility, trust, raising children, friendship, welfare, security, the value of life, spirituality and many other characteristics.
Each population evolves over time and establishes it's own priorities. The author examines Latin American countries with early similarities and demonstrates how their progress deviated from one another. Many countries which had early advantages over their neighbors in terms of geography and natural resources, for example fell behind in one way or another and continue to struggle.
The author suggests variable outcomes result from the culture and values that evolve and become an integral part of every population. This is a very introspective and insightful examination into the lasting effects of "culture".
Worth reading if you relate to a third world country and are trying to understand the culture. I live in Guatemala and it all makes sense with the culture here. Great book, would have been better if information were more detailed. Get to Know Us. Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item?
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