Journal article

Individual identity and freedom of choice in the context of environmental and economic conditions

Roy F Baumeister, Jina Park, Sarah E Ainsworth

BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2013

Abstract

Van de Vliert's findings fit nicely with our recent arguments implying that (1) differentiated selfhood is partly motivated by requirements of cultural groups, and (2) free will mainly exists within culture. Some cultural groups promote individual freedom, whereas others constrict it so as to maintain elites' power and privilege. Thus, freedom is, to a great extent, a creation of culture.