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A cross-cultural investigation of beliefs about justice in China, USA and South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Lee, Yueh-Ting
dc.contributor.author Ottati, Victor
dc.contributor.author Bornman, Elirea
dc.contributor.author Yang, Shaogang
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-11T12:58:04Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-11T12:58:04Z
dc.date.issued 2012-01-11
dc.identifier.citation Lee, Y-T, Ottati, V, Bornman, E, Yang, S 2012,'A cross-cultural investigation of beliefs about justice in China, USA and South Africa,' International Journal of Intercultural Relations, vol. 35, 511-521.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/5207
dc.description.abstract Prescriptive beliefs pertaining to justice delineate the fair outcomes that an individual should receive. In contrast, descriptive beliefs pertaining to justice reflect expectations regarding the outcomes an individual actually will receive. This study examines the cultural determinants of prescriptive and descriptive beliefs pertaining to justice. It was assumed that prescriptive beliefs pertaining to justice are based on internalized cultural values, whereas descriptive beliefs pertaining to justice are more likely to reflect the recent conditions that actually characterize an individual’s cultural environment. On this basis, it was predicted that (a) prescriptive and descriptive beliefs would possess both a generally perceived (or commonly shared) component and a culture-specific component, and (b) culture would impact prescriptive and descriptive beliefs differently. A cross-cultural comparison of justice beliefs among US, South African, and Chinese participants confirmed these predictions. Cautionary notes and implications are also discussed.
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Justice en
dc.subject Beliefs en
dc.subject Culture-specific en
dc.subject Cultural-general en
dc.subject China en
dc.subject USA en
dc.title A cross-cultural investigation of beliefs about justice in China, USA and South Africa en
dc.type Article en


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