Example: An Olympic athlete may be born with natural ability or talent but must rise above others with the same gifts by hard work and dedication.
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- Plural: achievement motivations
- The term was first used by Henry Murray (1893–1988) and later popularized by David McClelland (1917–1998) who developed the Achievement Motivation Theory.
- This term is sociologically problematic because it fails to account for disparate social and economic structures as determining factors in achievement.
- Also called:
- need achievement
- need for achievement
- n-achievement theory
- Heckhausen, Heinz. 1967. The Anatomy of Achievement Motivation. New York: Academic Press.
- Lemann, Nicholas. 1999. The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
- McClelland, David C., and Robert S. Steele. 1973. Human Motivation: A Book of Readings. Morristown, NJ: General Learning Press.
- McClelland, David C. 1961. The Achieving Society. Princeton, NJ: Van Nostrand.
- McClelland, David C. 1953. The Achievement Motive. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.
- McNamee, Stephen J., and Robert K. Miller. 2013. The Meritocracy Myth. 3rd. ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
- Murray, Henry A. 1938. Explorations in Personality: A Clinical and Experimental Study of Fifty Men of College Age. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Wigfield, Allan, and Jacquelynne S. Eccles. 2002. Development of Achievement Motivation. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
- achieved status
- ascribed status
Abercrombie, Nicholas, Stephen Hill and Bryan Turner. 2006. The Penguin Dictionary of Sociology. 5th ed. London: Penguin.
Bruce, Steve, and Steven Yearley. 2006. The SAGE Dictionary of Sociology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
Collins English Dictionary: Complete and Unabridged. 6th ed. 2003. Glasgow, Scotland: Collins.
Jary, David, and Julia Jary. 2000. Collins Dictionary of Sociology. 3rd ed. Glasgow, Scotland: HarperCollins.
Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).
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