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Psychological Aspects of Social Axioms

Understanding Global Belief Systems

  • Kwok Leung
  • Michael Harris Bond

Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Integrative Reviews and Basic Issues

    1. Kwok Leung, Michael Harris Bond
      Pages 1-9
    2. Chin-Ming Hui, Heung-Hung Natalie Hui
      Pages 13-30
    3. Catherine T. Kwantes, Charlotte M. Karam
      Pages 31-50
    4. Fons J. R. Van de Vijver, Velichko H. Valchev, Irina Suanet
      Pages 51-80
    5. Theodore M. Singelis, Dharm P. S. Bhawuk, William K. Gabrenya Jr., Michele Gelfand, Jake Harwood, Pa Her et al.
      Pages 81-93
  3. Transmission of Social Axioms

  4. Nomological Network of Social Axioms

  5. Conclusion

    1. Michael Harris Bond
      Pages 319-341
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 343-348

About this book


"This work provides ways to characterize cultures, and gives researchers a set of lenses for looking at cultures. When researchers know what people value and how they use the axioms, they can predict what people will do in their cultural niche - how they are likely to interact with each other, how they are likely to relate to outsiders, how they are going to react to their jobs, what emotions they are likely to feel in different circumstances, and how are they going to deal with conflict."

-- Harry C. Triandis, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Illinois, U.S.A.

Positive and negative beliefs about human nature and the social world, the role of fate in life events, and the belief in the existence of a supreme being: social axioms as general beliefs exist both explicitly and implicitly in cultural values and traditions the world over. In Psychological Aspects of Social Axioms, an international team of researchers brings new depth to the study of these culture-bound belief systems as they inform interpersonal and organizational behavior, are passed from parents to children and sustained by social institutions, and contribute to both national character and individual personality.

The editors offer an insightful introduction to the social axiom framework and its basic issues, introducing studies from a variety of countries that explore the influence of these widespread beliefs as humans solve problems, pursue goals, and make sense of their lives.

A sampling of the topics:

  • Transmission of social axioms during times of social change (Germany, Spain).
  • Social axioms and behavior of college students (India, Indonesia).
  • Relationships between axioms and locus of control (Italy, Greece).
  • Proactive coping in Christians and Muslims.
  • Cynicism in romantic and political relationships.
  • Social axioms in the U.S.: ethnic and geographic studies.

With its groundbreaking constructs for intercultural understanding, Psychological Aspects of Social Axioms will find a wide and interested audience in cultural and clinical psychologists, cross-cultural trainers and educators. The book will also provide upper-level students in psychology and cultural studies with new directions for future research.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kwok Leung
    • 1
  • Michael Harris Bond
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ManagementCity University of Hong KongKowloonChina
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyChinese University of Hong Kong ShatinNew TerritoriesChina

About the editors

Kwok Leung is professor and Head of Management at City University of Hong Kong. He received his doctorate in social and organizational psychology at the University of Illinois. He is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Journal of International Business Studies and senior editor of Management and Organization Review. His research areas include justice and conflict, cross-cultural psychology and research methods, and international business.

Michael Harris Bond is Professor of Psychology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He graduated from Stanford University, where he began his study of person perception, subsequently broadened to include research into the areas of justice, aggression, and impression management.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Psychological Aspects of Social Axioms
  • Book Subtitle Understanding Global Belief Systems
  • Editors Kwok Leung
    Michael Harris Bond
  • Series Title International and Cultural Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer New York 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-09809-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-1889-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-09810-4
  • Series ISSN 1574-0455
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 352
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cross Cultural Psychology
    Clinical Psychology
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