Journal article

Culture and global societal threats: COVID-19 as a pathogen threat to humanity

Yoshihisa Kashima, Simon Dennis, Andrew Perfors, Simon M Laham

GROUP PROCESSES & INTERGROUP RELATIONS | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

The COVID-19 global pandemic has brought into sharp focus the urgency of tackling the question of how globalized humanity responds to a global societal threat, which can adversely affect a large portion of the human population. Changing geospatial distribution of COVID-19 morbidity paints a gloomy picture of cross-national differences in human vulnerabilities across the globe. We describe the dynamic nexus among societal – particularly pathogen – threat, social institutions, and culture, and discuss collectivism (ingroup favouritism and outgroup avoidance) and tightness (narrow prescription of behaviours and severe punishment of norm violations) as potential cultural adaptations to prevalent..

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