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Upton I 124
Morality/Cultural Psychology/Upton: Cultural psychologyVsKohlberg: It has been suggested that Kohlberg’s theory is culturally biased because it emphasizes ideals such as individual rights and social justice, which are found mainly in Western cultures (Shweder, 1994)(1). >Morality/Kohlberg.
Miller and Bersoff (1992)(2) showed that Americans placed greater value on a justice orientation (stage 4) than Indians. In contrast, Indians placed a greater weight on interpersonal responsibilities, such as upholding one’s obligations to others and being responsive to other people’s needs (stage 3). In the same way, it has been noted that women are more likely to use stage 3 than stage 4 reasoning. >Morality/Gender Studies, >Morality/Kohlberg.


1. Shweder, RA and Levine, RA (eds)(1994) Culture Theory: Essays on mind, self and emotion.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2. Miller, JG and Bersoff, DM (1992) Culture and moral judgment: how are conflicts between justice and interpersonal responsibilities resolved? Journal of Personality and Social Psychol0ogy, 62(4): 541-54.


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Cultural Psychology
Upton I
Penney Upton
Developmental Psychology 2011


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