ERIC Number: ED255410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Sociology of Moral Judgment: Social and Ethnic Factors.
Cortese, Anthony J.
Social and ethnic differences in moral judgment are examined, and a critique of the cognitive-developmental model is presented in this paper. In opposition to Piaget and Kohlberg, the thesis advanced is that morality and moral development are culturally and socially determined constructs. While Piaget postulated the presence of qualitatively distinct stages of moral development to be found in all societies, the position presented in this paper is that the number of stages, the content of the stages, and the order of the stages vary across cultures. While Kohlberg asserts that morality is located in the psychological structures of th individual, this paper argues that moral reasoning and behavior is largely determined by such social factors as role demands, class interest, national policies, and ethnic antagonisms. Moreover, it is not possible to be moral in an immoral social role irrespective of childhood socialization, psychological predispositions, or commitment to abstract principles. (Author/IS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kohlberg (Lawrence); Piaget (Jean)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (79th, San Antonio, TX, August 27-31, 1984). For related document, see SO 016 285.