Marion J. Levy Jr.

American sociologist

Marion Joseph Levy Jr. (December 12, 1918 – May 26, 2002) was an American sociologist noted for his work on modernization theory.

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  • A comparative social science requires a generalized system of concepts which will enable the scientific observer to compare and contrast large bodies of concretely different social phenomena in consistent terms.
    • David Aberle, Albert K. Cohen, A. K. Davis, Marion J. Levy Jr. and Francis X. Sutton, (1950). T"he functional prerequisites of a society." Ethics, 60(2), p. 100; cited in: Neil J. Smelser (2013), Comparative Methods in the Social Sciences. p. 189
  • To know thyself is the ultimate form of aggression.
    • Marion J. Levy Jr. in: University of Chicago. Graduate Program in Hospital Administration, ‎University of Chicago. Center for Health Administration Studies, 1971. p. 90
  • The fundamental problem posed by modernization is whether human animals can adjust as readily to longevity, affluence, and peace as they have in the past to shortgevity, poverty, and war.
    • Marion J. Levy Jr., cited in: Frances Carol Locher, ‎Ann Evory (1978), Contemporary Authors: A Bio-bibliographical Guide to Current Writers. p. 371

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  • Marion J. Levy Jr. [was] a scholar of sociology and international affairs who wrote about modernization theory, which seeks to explain why some societies undergo rapid economic development and corresponding social change.
    • Eric Pace. "Marion Levy Jr., 83, Authority On the Modernization of Societies," New York Times, June 17, 2002

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