International Journal of Comparative Sociology

This bi-yearly journal publishes research, studies made in different cultures and societies and articles of interest to the international social science community.

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 1, February

A Case for Comparing Apples with Oranges: International Differences in Values
The Nature of Comparisons Across Nations "Comparisons are odorous" (Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing, III, v, 18) Popular wisdom deems that one cannot compare apples with oranges. But what do we mean by 'compare'? Both the Oxford and Webster Dictionaries(1)...
An Approach to the Study of Psychosocial Maturity: The Development of a Cross-National Scale for Adolescents
In recent years there has been a great deal of public concern that our youth are "at risk" - of drug addiction, falling into criminal behavior, teen-age pregnancy, dropping out of school, and of drunk or otherwise careless driving which leads to serious...
Gender and Pay in Taiwan: Men's Attitudes in 1963 and 1991
On May 22, 1994 more than a thousand university students and women's rights advocates marched through the streets of Taipei. The protest sought to push the government into action against sexual harassment in schools, hospitals and the workplace, and...
History, Social Structure and Individualism: A Cross-Cultural Perspective on Japan
This paper explores how history and social structure affect individualism in Japan. In doing so, it reports on a variety of cross-cultural studies comparing Japan with the West. Although I have been involved in most of these studies, their approaches...
Modernity and the Construction of Collective Identities
I In the following paper I would like to present some comparative indications about the relations between construction of collective identity and those of state-civil society relations in three modem settings - namely, in a general way Europe, the United...
The Decline of Traditional Values in Western Europe: Religion, Nationalism, Authority
Religion, nationalism and authority were the traditional pillars of the old state-societies of Western Europe. Three generations ago it was still a sacrilege to critize them. The church sanctified the national community and legitimated the authority...
The Quantitative Study of National Character: Interchronological and International Perspectives
Introduction Ever since Wilhelm Max Wundt (1832-1920) first studied national character scientifically and published Elemente der Volkerpsychologie (Leipzig: Alfred Kroner, 1911-1920), the only systematic approaches to the study appeared in nonacademic...
Trends and Contexts: The Principle of Singularity
Introduction This paper deals with certain aspects of the major social trends observed in the six largest North Atlantic nations (France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Canada, United States) since 1960. It is largely based on data assembled by the...