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Moving matters: Ethnocentric behavior decreases when social mobility rises

Increased mobility may help people to treat each other as individuals rather than as members of a defined social group.

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Rebecca Copeland
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One can’t help but notice that migration is increasing. The trend over the last century has been toward greater mobility for more people around the world. Many people today live in a place different from where they were born, with different social norms and customs.


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This research was supported by the U.S. Air Force (Award Nos. FA955-01-41-0020 and FA9550-12-1-0021). The content of this article does not necessarily reflect the views of this organization.

The research paper, “The Inevitability of Ethnocentrism Revisited: Ethnocentrism Diminishes as Mobility Increases,” Soham De, Michele Gelfand, Dana Nau and Patrick Roos, appears online December 8, 2015 in the journal Nature Scientific Reports.

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