We would like to express our appreciation to Shinobu Kitayama and especially to Theodore Singelis for help with materials; to Elizabeth Aries, Meredith Howard, and Russell Weigel for help in data collection; and to Julie Kmeic and Laura Shannon for help in data management. We are appreciative of the suggestions of the reviewers. We are grateful to the Committee for Faculty Development at Smith College.
Individualism and Resistance to Affirmative Action: A Comparison of Japanese and American Samples1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 26, Issue 13, pages 1138–1152, July 1996
How to Cite
Ozawa, K., Crosby, M. and Crosby, F. (1996), Individualism and Resistance to Affirmative Action: A Comparison of Japanese and American Samples. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 26: 1138–1152. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1996.tb02289.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
It has been proposed that part of the resistance to affirmative action in the U.S. derives from the American discomfort with categorical social arrangements. An instance of gender discrimination was described to samples of Japanese and American students. The students then evaluated a set of remedies, one of which was a classic affirmative action solution and filled out Singelis’ Self-Construal Scale (Singelis, 1994). The Japanese sample was more collectivist than the American sample and endorsed the affirmative action solution more strongly than the American sample.