March, 21 — regular seminar
Topic: “Do they value what we value?: The role of education in drawing value boundaries between in- and out-groups ”
Speakers: Hye Won Kwon (Higher School of Economics, Laboratory for Comparative Social Research), Steven Hitlin (University of Iowa, Department of Sociology)
The Laboratory for Comparative Social Research announces the next regular seminar, which will be held in Moscow (Krivokolenny Pereulok, 3, room 3-333) on March, 21 at 17-00 p.m. Hye Won Kwon (Higher School of Economics, Laboratory for Comparative Social Research), Steven Hitlin (University of Iowa, Department of Sociology) will deliver a report “Do they value what we value?: The role of education in drawing value boundaries between in- and out-groups”.
Humans universally categorize groups as “us” and “them,” but little work examines the extent that perceived values play a crucial role in distinctions between in- and out-groups. Previous work often explores a targeted, single in/out group distinction, limiting our understanding about more realistic perceptions about in- and out-groups, where people have an array of groups at one time. Additionally, we know little about the content underlying why and how people draw the distinction against members of a certain group such as political opponents, homosexuals, or those who use different languages. Using cross-cultural survey data collected in the U.S. and South Korea, we offer a novel cross-cultural exploration of drawing value boundaries between in- and out-groups using a wide range of possible in- and out-groups. We find higher educated people in both countries use more internally consistent values to draw boundaries against out-groups. That is, highly educated people who categorize their in-group as prioritizing openness to change values tend to perceive their out-group as de-emphasizing those same, or prioritizing conservation (theoretically opposing) values; for the less educated, it appears that out-group discrimination is not necessarily linked to a coherent set of values but reflects an unarticulated general prejudice.
Everyone interested is invited!
Working language is English.
Videoconference with St. Petersburg office of the LCSR (room 303, 55-2, Sedova st.) will be provided. Guests from St. Petersburg are invited to make a request for a pass to the building to Olesya Volchenko (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 12 am of the seminar’s day.
Guests from Moscow are invited to make a request for a pass to the building to Anastasia Ionova (email@example.com) by 12 am of the seminar’s day.
Also after the seminar, a videotape will be put up after the summary of the presentation.