Effects Of Social Class On Unethical Behavior

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Effect of Social Class on Unethical Behavior
Both social class and ethical behavior are important notions in our society today and have been for many years. Unethical behavior can be defined as behavior or actions that hurts others and are illegal or ethically questionable (Piff et al., 2012). CNN recently reported Volkswagen is being charged with deception regarding emissions of supposedly “clean” vehicles. They reported that for over ten years more than eleven million vehicles have been deliberately programmed to fabricate emissions of damaging pollutants under certified testing conditions (Tellado, 2015). Why are consumers so concerned and outraged at this fraud? This upsets consumers and others because they care about and find ethics and morality to be important. Morals and values are important in our society because they help direct people’s lives and motivate people to take part in meaningful relationships. The research completed for his article examines not just ethical behavior but also the role social class playing in determining ethical behavior. The relationship between these to notions will examined by observing behavior at a crosswalk. Social class is defined as a circumstance established by both the material substance of social life and the individual’s understanding of his or her social rank, and is a fundamental feature of how he or she interacts in the social world (Kraus et al., 2012). Clothing type was used to operationalize social class in this research,…
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