The Importance of Research About Research on Culture: A Call for Meta-research on Culture

José M. Causadias, Kevin M. Korous, Karina M. Cahill, Gianna Rea-Sandin

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Objectives: It is crucial to examine how research on culture is fueled by assumptions, policies, and practices. The goal of this article is to promote meta-research on culture, the critical study of how investigations on culture are performed and interpreted, howscientific knowledge about culture is produced and transmitted, and the importance of scrutinizing assumptions, policies, and practices in a way that challenge views of minoritized groups as deviant and pathological. Method: We define key concepts, such as meta-research, culture, and meta-research on culture. Results: We approach cultural research as a system of people (researchers, participants), places (academic institutions, journals), practices (sampling, comparing groups), and power (legitimizing some groups as normative and others as deviant). We discuss assumptions, policies, and practices, and review landmark studies and methods. Conclusions: Meta-research on culture is an emerging field that can improve scientific understanding of human culture, guide efforts to elevate the perspectives of people who have historically experienced marginalization, inform institutional support and the creation of nurturing academic spaces, and guide the implementation of better research and training practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
StateAccepted/In press - 2021


  • Culture
  • Meta-research
  • Meta-research on culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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