Title

Enriching the Perceived Norms Perspective of Intergenerational Cultural Transmission: The Roles of Norm Reference Groups and Norm Adherence/Deviance Motive

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

11-2015

Abstract

In this article, I seek to apply Morris and Liu (2015)’s functionalist account of subjective norms to enrich Tam’s (2015) perceived norms perspective of intergenerational cultural transmission. This enriched approach recognizes parents’ choice to construct their transmission preferences that include norms of a nonmainstream reference group and that support a norm deviance motive. In this light, I review empirical evidence examining some factors that affect whether parents reference on peer or elite groups or they tend toward norm adherence or deviance in the transmission process. Acknowledging these variants allows the bridge of value transmission and value change studies that are rarely theoretically positioned to inform each other. I also discuss the possibilities of how to study intergenerational cultural transmission under an overarching complexity theoretical framework. These new research aveneus are deemed highly promising to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of what perpetuates and renews culture.

Keywords

intergenerational cultural transmission, norms, value change, complexity theory

Discipline

Social Psychology | Social Psychology and Interaction

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology

Volume

46

Issue

10

First Page

1353

Last Page

1356

ISSN

0022-0221

Identifier

10.1177/0022022115600075

Publisher

SAGE Publications (UK and US)

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022022115600075

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