Society's Level of Literacy: A Cross Cultural Study.

Amir Shoham, Snunith Shoham, Miki Malul

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The research suggests an additional variable to consider when answering the question, "What can explain the differences among the level of literacy in different countries?" The relationship between a country's level of literacy and its national culture is explored. The variables from the House et al. (2004) GLOBE study were the main tools used for estimating national culture. This study focuses on the two cultural variables for which we formulated solid theoretical hypotheses, power distance (PD) and gender egalitarianism (GE). The research results point to a positive connection between a more egalitarian society and a higher level of literacy. Societies with cultures that exhibit less discrimination between males and females have a higher level of literacy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-275
Number of pages17
JournalIssues in Informing Science & Information Technology
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • CULTURAL studies
  • Literacy
  • The GLOBES study
  • cross-cultural differences
  • gender egalitarianism
  • power distance


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