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Toward a Normative Approach
Toward a normative approach

In recognizing the role of his own value preferences, the change agent does not abandon his values or attempt to neutralize them. It is neither possible nor desirable to do so. Rather, awareness of his own value perspective allows him to bring other perspectives to bear on the choice of goals and to reduce the likelihood of imposing his own values on the population whose lives he is intervening.

Warwick and Kelman (1973, p. 391)

In a book that explores values in U.S. society, Bellah et al. (1985) describe one of their informants as a person who “lacks the language to explain what seem to be the real commitments that define his life, and to that extent the commitments themselves ...

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