Cultural oneceptions of Agency by Morris, Menon, Ames

By Morris, Menon, Ames

Many traits in social perceivers’ judgments approximately participants and teams may be built-in when it comes to the basis that perceivers depend on implicit theories of organisation bought from cultural traditions. while, American tradition basically conceptualizes service provider as a estate of person people, different cultures conceptualize service provider basically when it comes to collectives resembling teams or non-human actors similar to deities or destiny. Cultural conceptions of company exist in public kinds (discourses, texts, and associations) and personal types (perceiver’s wisdom structures), and extra well-liked the general public representations of a selected notion in a society, the extra chronically obtainable will probably be in perceiver’s minds. We overview proof for those claims by means of contrasting North American and chinese language cultures. From this integrative version of social notion as mediated by means of supplier conceptions, we draw insights for study on implicit theories and examine on tradition. What implicit conception examine earnings is a greater seize at the content material, origins, and edition of the information buildings principal to social notion. What cultural psychology profits is middlerange version of the mechanism underlying cultural impression on dispositional attribution, which yields detailed predictions in regards to the domain-specificity and dynamics of cultural transformations.

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6 Although, on the surface, American law treats corporations as persons, this analogy is never taken far. ” Corporations are not held to be as responsible as individuals because they are not seen as entities having intentionality or autonomy (May & Hoffman, 1991; Velasquez, 1991). 7 The ideas in classic texts which survive are the ones that powerful people advocate. Christianity diffused in the West because leaders from Roman emperors to American presidents have endorsed it, just as Chinese emperors and some contemporary leaders have endorsed the teachings of Confucius.

Page 35 of 38 Footnotes 1 We have defined implicit theories as specific to a domain yet more general than a particular episode. Within this range, theories might exist at several levels, such as expectancies about the locus of control of social outcomes (Rotter, 1990), as well as expectancies specific to sub-domains within social outcomes, for example, outcomes involving particular kinds of social actors, such as individuals or groups (Menon, Morris, Chiu, & Hong, 1999) or those involving particular kinds of actor properties, such as intellectual or moral characteristics (Chiu, Hong, & Dweck, 1997; Kelley, 1972; Weiner, 1986).

It may be that lay theories of agency are specific to particular kinds of collectives such as companies, villages, families, governments, etc However, more fine-grained comparisons—say between Chinese culture where family agency is privileged and Japanese culture where corporate agency may be more prominent—may reveal evidence for greater domain specificity of the relevant lay theories. Likewise, our dearth of attention to non-human agents such as God or Fate (relative to the abundance of ethnographic evidence that such conceptions shape everyday interpretations in many cultures) no doubt indicates another of our blind spots.

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