The Moral Basis of a Backward Society

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The Moral Basis of a Backward Society

By Edward C. Banfield with the Assistance of Laura Fasano Banfi
Free Press (for the Research Center in Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago), 1958
204 pp. $4.00

Taking a village in southern Italy as a case study, the author poses the question whether a backward society has the psychological, cultural and moral conditions to support a more advanced and extensive political and economic organization. The conclusions are quite pessimistic.

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