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Saving the ForsakenReligious Culture and the Rescue of Jews in Nazi Europe$
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Pearl M. Oliner

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100631

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100631.001.0001

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Culture and Outgroup Altruism

Culture and Outgroup Altruism

(p.149) 8 Culture and Outgroup Altruism
Saving the Forsaken

Pearl M. Oliner

Yale University Press

This chapter offers some final thoughts on the relationships between religious culture and outgroup altruism. It suggests that collectivist culture is more predisposed towards outward altruism compared to individualistic culture and explains that altruistic behavior in collectivist cultures is motivated by prescribed norms, the violation of which may result in the loss of group identification. It also contends that consequential altruism is altruistic inasmuch as it benefits the other and it may be the highest normative level most cultures can reach.

Keywords:   religious culture, outgroup altruism, collectivist culture, individualistic culture, prescribed norms, group identification, consequential altruism

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