This article was supported by a research grant awarded to Chi-yue Chiu by National Science Foundation Grant (NSF BCS 07–43119).
Toward a Social Psychology of Globalization
Article first published online: 12 DEC 2011
© 2011 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 67, Issue 4, pages 663–676, December 2011
How to Cite
Chiu, C.-y., Gries, P., Torelli, C. J. and Cheng, S. Y. Y. (2011), Toward a Social Psychology of Globalization. Journal of Social Issues, 67: 663–676. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.2011.01721.x
- Issue published online: 12 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 12 DEC 2011
In most parts of the world, globalization has become an unstoppable and potent force that impacts everyday life and international relations. The articles in this issue draw on theoretical insights from diverse perspectives (clinical psychology, consumer research, organizational behavior, political psychology, and cultural psychology) to offer nuanced understanding of individuals’ psychological reactions to globalization in different parts of the world (Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Mainland China, Singapore, Switzerland, United States, Taiwan). These articles address the questions of how people make sense of and respond to globalization and its sociocultural ramifications; how people defend the integrity of their heritage cultural identities against the “culturally erosive” effects of globalization, and how individuals harness creative insights from their interactions with global cultures. The new theoretical insights and revealing empirical analyses presented in this issue set the stage for an emergent interdisciplinary inquiry into the psychology of globalization.