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Culture and social psychology: converging perspectives

Social psychology quarterly, Dec 2010, Vol.73(4), pp.347-352 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Culture and social psychology: converging perspectives
  • Author: Dimaggio, Paul ; Markus, Hazel
  • Found In: Social psychology quarterly, Dec 2010, Vol.73(4), pp.347-352 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Culture ; Social Psychology ; Interdisciplinary Relations ; Sociology
  • Language: English
  • Description: How do the studies of culture and social psychology converge from sociological and psychological perspectives? The authors believe that the answer lies between the mind and environment of people and salience of groups, i.e. identities, institutions, and networks, as well as the processes and mechanisms, both cognitive and social, as they become acquired. From this perspective the authors then discuss factors of culture and social psychology in the field of psychology; examining the variety of approaches utilized, particularly exemplified through concepts such as the Heinreich, Heine, and Norenzayan term WEIRD (Western, educated, industrial, rich, and democratic) and non-WEIRD contexts. Then, the article studies aspects re culture and social psychology in a sociological context; highlighting the developments made; and presents some of the factors re individual behavior, as well as cultural differences, and directions of both the behavior sciences. In the endnote the authors remark on the perception factor and the accountability for persistence in behavior, as well as in the behavioral changes and innovations. M. Diem
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0190-2725 ; DOI: 10.1177/0190272510389010

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