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Moral Basis of a Backward Society

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About The Book

Looking at how nepotism and family-centric societies sacrifice the public good, Edward C. Banfield uses a study of the people of southern Italy to argue how self-interested families can lead to poverty.

Analyzing families in southern Italy in 1955, Moral Basis of a Backward Society discusses how poverty is a result of the inability to trust or associate strongly outside of immediate family.

Challenged and argued for years, Edward C. Banfield’s study has become accept by many people in the modern age.

About The Author

Edward C. Banfield was a political scientist that focused on self-interested, family-centric society and how it sacrificed public good.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Free Press (February 1, 1967)
  • Length: 192 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780029015100

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