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Advances in Psychological Science    2016, Vol. 24 Issue (10) : 1551-1555     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.01551
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The difference of collectivism between north and south China and its cultural dynamics
MA Xinran1,2; REN Xiaopeng1; XU Jiang1,2
(1 Key Laboratory of Behavioral Science, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China) (2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039, China)
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Abstract  

It has been found that collectivism differs across provinces within China. Nevertheless there’s still no consensus on its underlying mechanism. We propose that the strength of Confucianism is the main reason behind differences in collectivism across China i.e. central Confucian places tend to be more collectivistic than other places. We tested 745 Han Chinese participants from 27 provinces and found that southerners tend to be more collectivistic compared to northerners on loyalty/nepotism task. These results stand in support of the strength of Confucianism hypothesis arguing that south China had replaced north China as the center of Confucianism since Song dynasty due to the relocation of Central-Plains culture from north China to south China.

Keywords collectivism      north and south China      loyalty/nepotism task      strength of Confucianism hypothesis      Central-Plains culture     
Corresponding Authors: REN Xiaopeng, E-mail: renxp@psych.ac.cn   
Issue Date: 15 October 2016
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MA Xinran,REN Xiaopeng,XU Jiang. The difference of collectivism between north and south China and its cultural dynamics[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2016, 24(10): 1551-1555.
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