Emic and Etic Concepts: An Introduction

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GLT: Using one or more examples, explain “emic” and “etic” concepts. 

Emic Concepts: Accounts, descriptions and explanations used to understand culturally specific behaviours.

READ MORE: Key studies and emic concepts in THIS BLOG POST

Etic Concepts: An explanation used to understand a culture in scientific terms by comparing the culture to others and addressing the universals of human behaviour.

  • Levine’s cross-cultural prosocial behaviour study (2001)
  • Buss’s cross-cultural study on mate preference (1989)

A student made a good suggestion: think of m as being mono and t as being two or more.

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  1. As far as I know, etic and emic concepts are only in the guidance for the content, which is not accessed in Paper 1, is this correct?

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      Yes, for the “old” syllabus emic and etic concepts must be taught, but they do not need need to be assessed for the new one. I won’t be teaching these for the new syllabus.

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