Individual Credit

Fred Strodtbeck, “Family Interaction, Values, and Achievement,” in Talent and Society: New Perspectives in the Identification of Talent, Princeton, Van Notrand Company, 1958, 187

…for achievement to arise from a heightened desire for individual credit, a certain basic competence and discipline within a larger relationship system (i.e., a profession or modern bureaucracy) is required. Familistic organization with emphasis upon collateral rewards has not historically fitted the requirements for achievement of intermediate status in the United States—particularly not as well as more individualistic orientations…individual credit must be sought within a framework of norms which, like the Calvinist’s, are pointed toward the betterment both of society and the particular actor.


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