Choice as an act of meaning: the case of social class.

@article{Stephens2007ChoiceAA,
  title={Choice as an act of meaning: the case of social class.},
  author={Nicole M. Stephens and H. Markus and Sarah S M Townsend},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2007},
  volume={93 5},
  pages={
          814-30
        }
}
Social class is one important source of models of agency--normative guidelines for how to be a "good" person. Using choice as a prototypically agentic action, 5 studies test the hypotheses that models of agency prevalent in working-class (WK) contexts reflect a normative preference for similarity to others, whereas models prevalent in middle-class (MD) contexts reflect a preference for difference from others. Focusing on participants' choices, Studies 1 and 2 showed that participants from WK… Expand

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