Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Alex Inkeles papers
Collection Number: 85005
Creator: Inkeles, Alex, 1920-
549 manuscript boxes, 4 oversize boxes, 6 card file boxes, 4 data tapes, and 32 linear feet of volumes
(265 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: The papers contain the American sociologist's materials relating to research on social change in the twentieth century, as
well as the promotion of international educational exchanges and intellectual cooperation, especially between the United States
and China. Includes documentation associated with research projects conducted by Inkeles, research material and statistical
data for the book by Alex Inkeles and David H. Smith,
Becoming Modern: Individual Change in Six Developing Countries (Cambridge, Mass., 1974), relating to the transition of social attitudes of individuals in developing countries, and materials
pertaining to his teaching career in correspondence, writings, notes, memoranda, reports, printed matter, and sound recordings.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Boxes 517-519 are closed. A portion of the collection is stored off-site: boxes 1-51, 52-79, 82-125, and 131-372. It may be
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[Identification of item], Alex Inkeles papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1985, with additional increments through 2011.
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Born in Brooklyn, New York, Inkeles received an A.B. degree in 1941 and an A.M. in 1946 from Cornell University. He received
a Ph.D. in 1949 from Columbia University, publishing Public Opinion in Soviet Russia: A Study in Mass Persuasion in 1950.
A professor of sociology at Harvard University from 1957 to 1971, he published What Is Sociology? in 1964 and Social Change
in Soviet Russia in 1968.
From 1972 on, Inkeles was a professor of sociology at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Inkeles
was an expert on political behavior, modernization, social psychology, and national character. His research focused on the
social structure of an emerging worldwide society and cross-national comparative studies. Inkeles published Becoming Modern:
Individual Change in Six Developing Countries in 1974 and Exploring Individual Modernity in 1983.
Inkeles has held numerous fellowships including the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California
from 1955 to 1956 a Guggenheim fellowship for study in Israel and the United Kingdom from 1977 to 1978, and a National Academy
of Sciences fellowship in 1992. He was also a Fulbright scholar in Greece in 1977 and in Chile in 1985.
He was elected to three of the most distinguished honorary societies in America: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
in 1962, the American Philosophical Society in 1972, and the National Academy of Sciences in 1981.
Alex Inkeles passed away on July 9, 2010.
Scope and Content of Collection
The papers consist largely of documentation associated with research projects conducted by Inkeles, a prominent American sociologist,
as well as materials pertaining to his teaching career. There are numerous papers and articles written by Inkeles, writings
by others, and printed matter relating to sociology and to international geographic studies of locations such as the Soviet
Union, China, and India.
A large section of material concerns the Harvard Project on the Socio-Cultural Aspects of Development (later known as the
Harvard Project on Social and Cultural Aspects of Development), a large study headed by Inkeles that collected data on the
basis of interviews made in Argentina, Chile, India, Israel, Nigeria, and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). The data was subsequently
used as the basis for a 1974 book by Inkeles, Becoming Modern: Individual Change in Six Developing Countries.
A variety of Inkeles' writings include a chronological section of article reprints, various research materials, drafts, papers,
and book chapters. Also included are drafts and research data for Inkeles' books Exploring Individual Modernity and the edited
volume, Sociology: An Introduction.
The papers also include materials related to Inkeles research projects, including collected background materials, data sets,
and draft writings on topics such as "Quality of Life," "National Character," and "Adolescence."
Material on Inkeles' academic teaching career consists of lecture notes and course materials for sociology classes, dissertations
and theses written by students, academic administrative material, and documentation on his involvement in organizations such
as the Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Smith, David Horton.
Developing countries--Social conditions.
Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China (U.S.)