Cross-cultural assumptions about perception and identity in western socio-legal frameworks
Ingleby, Richard and Chung, Mona 2009, Cross-cultural assumptions about perception and identity in western socio-legal frameworks, in SLSA Annual Conference Abstract Book, Socio-Legal Studies Association, [Leiscester, England], pp. 1-155.
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Socio-legal analysis has relied heavily on Mnookin and Kornhauser's "bargaining in the shadow of the law" and Galanter's "litigotiation" concepts. These concepts provide a framework for examining the relationship between formal legal rules and other normative sources in out-of-court activity. In this paper we explore the extent to which these frameworks' Western assumptions about individualism, conflict and the rule of law would require adaptation if they were to be used to examine such phenomena in Chinese culture or in Australian-Chinese negotiations. In particular, we focus on the "difference" between: i) China and Confucian culture; and ii) Western society in terms of the Confucian principles relating to hierarchy, harmony, collectivism and face. These principles have fundamental implications for Chinese perceptions of appropriate dispute resolution behaviour. Western researchers who omit consideration of these perceptions and neglect the defining characteristics of Chinese identity will emerge with flawed projects.
Field of Research
150308 International Business
Socio Economic Objective
970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
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