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When the West Meets the East: Cultural Clash and Its Impacts on Anomie in a Sample of Chinese Adolescents
Ruohui Zhao1; Hongwei Zhang2; Jihong Solomon Zhao3; Xinting Wang3
2018-05-15
Source PublicationDeviant Behavior
ISSN0163-9625
Abstract

Criminological studies conducted in China have highlighted the important role of Chinese culture and anomie theory in explaining crime patterns and delinquency among adolescents. None of the studies, however, have empirically tested the relationship between cultural attachment and anomie. The purpose of this study is to examine the influence of ethnic identity associated with cultural attachment on anomie in the Chinese social setting. Specifically, the effects of both attachment to conventional Chinese culture and attachment to Western popular culture (WPC) were examined; the interaction between the two may shed some important light on how culture and cultural conflict can lead to anomie among Chinese adolescents. The data analyzed were collected from a sample of more than 6,500 middle school students. Structural equation modeling was employed to test the hypothesized relationships. The study found that attachment to traditional Chinese cultural values, especially showing respect to conventional figures/values, reduces anomie among adolescents. In contrast, attraction to WPC and being socially labeled as a big fan of WPC elevate the levels of anomie reported by the students. Reflections on cultural conflict and relevant policy implications are provided in the “Discussions and conclusions” section.

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1080/01639625.2018.1472934
Language英语
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
Corresponding AuthorHongwei Zhang
Affiliation1.Department of Sociology, University of Macau, Macau, China
2.College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, USA
3.Juvenile & Family Law Research Center College of Humanities, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Ruohui Zhao,Hongwei Zhang,Jihong Solomon Zhao,et al. When the West Meets the East: Cultural Clash and Its Impacts on Anomie in a Sample of Chinese Adolescents[J]. Deviant Behavior,2018.
APA Ruohui Zhao,Hongwei Zhang,Jihong Solomon Zhao,&Xinting Wang.(2018).When the West Meets the East: Cultural Clash and Its Impacts on Anomie in a Sample of Chinese Adolescents.Deviant Behavior.
MLA Ruohui Zhao,et al."When the West Meets the East: Cultural Clash and Its Impacts on Anomie in a Sample of Chinese Adolescents".Deviant Behavior (2018).
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