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Approaches to Value Research and Value Measurement

Pertti Suhonen
Acta Sociologica
Vol. 28, No. 4 (1985), pp. 349-358
Published by: Sage Publications, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4194586
Page Count: 10
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Abstract

Empirical value research is currently enjoying a renaissance. Attempts to survey people's values have proliferated since the 1970s, and their theoretical weight has increased; the concept of social values has acquired new prominence in the social sciences. For example, in his most recent works Jürgen Habermas draws extensively on empirical research into values. It is my intention in this article to criticize Ronald Inglehart's empirical theory of what he calls a value revolution, and to assess the usefulness of this theory in social scientific analysis. I shall then compare Inglehart with the line of empirical value research originally developed by Milton Rokeach. Finally, there is a brief introduction to a study of the value systems of Finnish people that was based on Rokeach's model.

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