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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


The research reported in this paper is an effort to shed empirical light on traditional accountability in a cross-cultural perspective. Because of the suspicion of a connection between the persistence of the issue in the United States and indigenous cultural factors (most notably the uniquely enduring influence of the Protestant ethic) it was decided to investigate the issue through a comparison of some of the accountability practices of American social agencies with those outside the United States. This study compares the operation of certain accountability dynamics in samples of social agencies in the Appalachian region of the United States and in the Republic of South Korea.


Presented at Second International Symposium on Universal Values and Indigeneous Cultures, Bukkyo University, Kyoto, Japan. December, 1989. (with Sung Boo, Seimon Hahm and Youn-Ok Kim)



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