Lay psychology of globalization and its social impact

Daniel Y.J. Yang, Chi Yue Chiu*, Xia Chen, Shirley Y Y CHENG, Letty Y.Y. Kwan, Kim Pong Tam, Kuang Hui Yeh

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    As a first step to establish social psychology of globalization as a new area of investigation, we carried out two cross-regional studies to examine lay people's perception of globalization and its related concepts, as well as lay people's appraisal of the social impacts of globalization. The participants were undergraduates from regions with markedly different experiences with globalization (the United States, Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong). Despite regional differences in experiences with globalization, cross-regional similarities were found in the way globalization-related issues were classified and how their social impacts were evaluated. Participants in all four regions (1) perceived globalization to be related to but not synonymous with modernization, Westernization, and Americanization; (2) used international trade versus technology, and globalization of consumption versus global consequences as the dimensions to categorize globalization-related issues; and (3) perceived globalization to have stronger positive effects on people's competence than on their warmth.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)677-695
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of Social Issues
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

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    • Social Sciences(all)


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