chapter  1
Social Structure and Personality under Conditions of Apparent Social Stability: The United States, Japan, and Poland
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In this chapter, I examine the relationship between social structure and personality in three diverse nations-the United States, Japan, and Poland when it was socialist-all of these countries appearing to be relatively stable at the time my collaborators and I studied them. Our intent was to ascertain whether position in the social structure1 has similar or dissimilar psychological effects in capitalist and socialist industrialized societies, and in Western and non-Western industrialized societies. My intent in using these analyses as the introductory chapter in the present book is to establish a baseline for comparison to later analyses of the relationship between social structure and personality in nations undergoing radical social change.