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Cultural change: Adapting to it, coping with it, resisting it, and driving it.

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With rapid social and economic changes, there is an increased interest in understanding the psychological impact of being in a society in transition, whether those changes are due primarily to internal pressures (e.g., cultural revolution, modernization, etc.) or due primarily to external pressures ...

With rapid social and economic changes, there is an increased interest in understanding the psychological impact of being in a society in transition, whether those changes are due primarily to internal pressures (e.g., cultural revolution, modernization, etc.) or due primarily to external pressures (globalization, changes in geopolitical situations, climate change, etc.), although such pressures are not mutually exclusive. Since a sociological perspective is also useful in understanding macro-level changes, we would like to take this opportunity to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration between psychologists and sociologists to come up with an analysis of how macro-level changes (e.g., large scale changes in labor market situations, changes in demographic trends, increased income inequality, policies in response to climate change, etc.) can influence individual level psychological processes (e.g., cognition, emotion, motivation, subjective well-being, mental health, etc.). Therefore, we hope to collect empirical or theoretical papers from scholars who can either incorporate some sociological perspective and/or collaborate with a sociologist to discuss the psychological processes and consequences associated with cultural and social change due to economic growth, economic stagnation, economic recession, structural changes in society, shifts in demographic trends, increased (or decreased) cultural diversity at the societal level, climate change, and globalization. We also welcome papers about the process of resisting or driving societal and cultural changes and the psychological traits / processes associated with key players who resist or drive those changes.


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