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Author Hurtado, Osvaldo.

Title Portrait of a nation : culture and progress in Ecuador / Osvaldo Hurtado ; translated by Barbara Sipe
Edition [English-language edition]
Published Lanham : Madison Books : Distributed by National Book Network, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource : map
Contents Cultural characteristics of the Audiencia of Quito -- Cultural values in the nineteenth century -- Cultural changes in the first half of the twentieth century -- Cultural changes in the second half of the twentieth century -- In pursuit of economic success
Summary A case study of why Third World countries are still poor, the premise of this book is that while some progress has been made in transforming the political economy of Ecuador, certain behaviors, beliefs and attitudes have kept the country from developing in ways that otherwise would have been possible. As the author asserts, for almost five centuries the cultural habits of Ecuadorian citizens have constituted a stumbling block for individual economic success. Still, he concludes, people's cultural values are not immutable: inconvenient customs can be changed or influenced by the economic succes
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Print version record
Subject Social change -- Ecuador -- History.
Ecuador -- Civilization.
Ecuador -- Social life and customs.
Quito (Audiencia) -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Sipe, Barbara.
LC no. 2009029680
ISBN 1568332637 (electronic bk.)
9781568332635 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Costumbres de los ecuatorianos. English