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Conformity is defined as

Conformity is defined as - Xiang Lin ENG-122 Conformity in...

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Xiang Lin ENG-122 09-29-10 Conformity in Different Cultures Conformity is defined as “a change in belief or behaviour in response to real or imagined group pressure when there is no direct request to comply with the group nor any reason to justify the behaviour change”(Zimbardo & Leippe 1991). Most people in the United States tend to treat conformity as threatens to their independence and freedom because they were told the dangers of conformity from public articles, media and even their friends and professors. However, does conformity really bad for us? Or is this inaccurate opinion on conformity a vivid example of conformity? In my opinion, the society environment and culture we live in also conform us the opinion and judgement on conformity. Therefore, conformity can be seen differently in different cultures. Individualistic culture and collective culture are the two major type cultures in the world. They can give different meanings and interpretations of the conformity because there are many distinctions between them. Individualist cultures show freedom, individuality, self-reliance and self-responsibility. Collectivist cultures show group cooperation, a collective effort and dependence upon groups. Let’s look at some classic experiments in different cultures. In Asch’s study, it was found that 37% of participants conformed and gave the wrong answer. This is compared to 0.7% of people in the controlled conditions. In other words, in 63% of their judgements they were
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