Folk theory of social change

Kashima, Yoshihisa, Bain, Paul, Haslam, Nick, Peters, Kim, Laham, Simon, Whelan, Jennifer, Bastian, Brock, Loughnan, Stephen, Kaufmann, Leah and Fernando, Julian (2009) Folk theory of social change. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 12 4: 227-246. doi:10.1111/j.1467-839X.2009.01288.x

Author Kashima, Yoshihisa
Bain, Paul
Haslam, Nick
Peters, Kim
Laham, Simon
Whelan, Jennifer
Bastian, Brock
Loughnan, Stephen
Kaufmann, Leah
Fernando, Julian
Title Folk theory of social change
Journal name Asian Journal of Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1367-2223
Publication date 2009-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-839X.2009.01288.x
Volume 12
Issue 4
Start page 227
End page 246
Total pages 20
Place of publication Richmond, Vic., Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Abstract People have a folk theory of social change (FTSC). A typical Western FTSC stipulates that as a society becomes more industrialized, it undergoes a natural course of social change, in which a communal society marked by communal relationships becomes a qualitatively different, agentic society where market-based exchange relationships prevail. People use this folk theory to predict a society's future and estimate its past, to understand contemporary cross-cultural differences, and to make decisions about social policies. Nonetheless, the FTSC is not particularly consistent with the existing cross-cultural research on industrialization and cultural differences, and needs to be examined carefully.
Keyword Culture
Folk theory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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