Emic and Etic Concepts: An Introduction

Travis DixonSocial and Cultural Psychology

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.