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date: 14 April 2021

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Though the developmental psychology of globalization is an emerging field of study, little is known about whether and how globalization affects moral development. Drawing from interdisciplinary research across diverse world regions, the author argues that globalization alters moral development by transforming the socializers to which youth are exposed. This chapter begins by proposing the moral relevance of scholarship that addresses the impact of globalization on identity development and cultural values. The chapter then turns to the author’s research with adolescent–parent dyads in rural and urban Thai communities, the findings of which indicate that urban adolescents stand alone in moral reasoning and conceptions of the moral self. The double-gap in moral personhood across contexts of globalization (urban, rural), and across generations (adolescents, parents) in the urban Thai community, suggests that globalization affects constellations of moral reasoning among youth in rapidly changing cultural contexts. The chapter concludes by posing pressing questions for moral developmentalists in a globalizing world.

Keywords: moral development, globalization, culture, cultural-developmental approach, adolescence

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