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Why not? - People who decided not to conform to perceived immorality

Gustafsson Jertfelt, Isa LU (2010) PSYM01 20101
Department of Psychology
Abstract
Much of the research in social psychology has focused on conformity. Often conformity is a necessary tool which helps our society to function but when people conform to something dangerous or immoral it can be very dangerous. In this study the people who do not conform for the reason that they disagree with the morality of the group are studied. The study is phenomenological and exploratory and shows several possible reasons to this behavior; strong injunctive norms formed from a previous challenging situation, an empathic concern and an identification with a role as a moral-nonconformer. The results could be used as a starting point for understanding the mechanisms behind moral-nonconforming but need to be explored further in different... (More)
Much of the research in social psychology has focused on conformity. Often conformity is a necessary tool which helps our society to function but when people conform to something dangerous or immoral it can be very dangerous. In this study the people who do not conform for the reason that they disagree with the morality of the group are studied. The study is phenomenological and exploratory and shows several possible reasons to this behavior; strong injunctive norms formed from a previous challenging situation, an empathic concern and an identification with a role as a moral-nonconformer. The results could be used as a starting point for understanding the mechanisms behind moral-nonconforming but need to be explored further in different settings to render usable theories. (Less)
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author
Gustafsson Jertfelt, Isa LU
supervisor
organization
course
PSYM01 20101
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
phenomenology, moral-nonconforming, morality, whistle-blowers, illegal immigrants, civil disobedience, non-conforming
language
English
id
1689405
date added to LUP
2010-10-04 11:23:38
date last changed
2010-10-04 11:23:38
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  abstract     = {Much of the research in social psychology has focused on conformity. Often conformity is a necessary tool which helps our society to function but when people conform to something dangerous or immoral it can be very dangerous. In this study the people who do not conform for the reason that they disagree with the morality of the group are studied. The study is phenomenological and exploratory and shows several possible reasons to this behavior; strong injunctive norms formed from a previous challenging situation, an empathic concern and an identification with a role as a moral-nonconformer. The results could be used as a starting point for understanding the mechanisms behind moral-nonconforming but need to be explored further in different settings to render usable theories.},
  author       = {Gustafsson Jertfelt, Isa},
  keyword      = {phenomenology,moral-nonconforming,morality,whistle-blowers,illegal immigrants,civil disobedience,non-conforming},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Why not? - People who decided not to conform to perceived immorality},
  year         = {2010},
}