Ruiu, Gabriele (2012): Is fatalism a cultural belief? An empirical analysis on the origin of fatalistic tendencies.
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I maintain that fatalistic tendencies are the output of the interaction between cultural factors (and in particular of religious beliefs) and historical Institutional experience. Using WVS data this idea has been tested against two well known sociological theories on the origin of fatalism: Weberian cosmological fatalism and Durkheim’s structural fatalism. The data supports the Durkheimian idea that a more regulated society tends to be also more fatalistic. Also the direct effect of religion on fatalistic beliefs seem to be an important element determining fatalistic tendencies. However there are not large differences across the various faiths. In other terms, being religious independently from the religious affiliation implies a more fatalistic view of life.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Is fatalism a cultural belief? An empirical analysis on the origin of fatalistic tendencies|
|Keywords:||Culture, fatalism, institutions, religion|
|Subjects:||Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology
Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology > Z12 - Religion
Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology > Z13 - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Social and Economic Stratification
|Depositing User:||Gabriele Ruiu|
|Date Deposited:||18. Oct 2012 14:58|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 23:27|
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