Peter Holtz, Henrik Dobewall, and myself have a new paper out. It is titled "Cross-Cultural Psychology and the Rise of Academic Capitalism: Linguistic Changes in CCR and JCCP Articels, 1970-2014" and now published online first at the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology (free open access preprint available here).
The paper shows that during the last decades, scholars in the field of cross-cultural psychology have become more likely to use positive words such as “innovative,” “novel,” and “unprecedented,” to report findings that are only marginally significant, to draw on more complicated language in their articles, and to argue that "more research is needed". We interpret these linguistic changes as self-marketing strategies used to survive in the increasingly competitive climate of academic capitalism.
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