Social position, information and postmaterialism

Díez Nicolás, J.
The main hypothesis in this paper is that "postmaterialistic values", emerge as a collective response to objective changes in the social environment which have resulted from the expansion of industrialization processes in almost all countries, increasing the material welfare of societies but also creating serious threats of possibly irreversible environmental deterioration. Thus, changes in the environment influence changes in the value systems, following a diffussion pattern from "center" to "periphery", both between and within societies. The evidence seems to support the hypothesis, through multivariate and path analysis, that social position is highly correlated with postmaterialism and explains a larger proportion of the variance in postmaterialistic values than do other explanatory variables.

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