Folk theory of social change

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

Keywordsculture; folk theory; individualism; stereotype
Year2009
JournalAsian Journal of Social Psychology
Journal citation12 (4), pp. 227 - 246
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN1367-2223
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-839X.2009.01288.x
Page range227 - 246
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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