SCCR is a multi-disciplinary organization of about 150 members. Its members all share a common devotion to the conduct of cross-cultural research. SCCR members are professionals and students from the social science fields of Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, and related fields including Education, Family Studies, Social Work, Human Development, Psychiatry, Communications, Ethnic Studies, Business, etc. A distinguishing characteristic of the Society, compared with other academic organizations, is that is fundamentally inter-disciplinary and provides members the opportunity to network with scholars from a wide variety of approaches to cross-cultural research.
As stated in its bylaws, “The purpose of the Society is to support and encourage interdisciplinary, comparative research that has as its objective the establishment of scientifically described generalizations about human behavior.” As the field of cross-cultural studies evolves into the 21st century, SCCR keeps its door open to a variety of theoretical and methodological viewpoints. The full range of papers presented at its annual meetings now includes approaches (most often comparative) that are cross-cultural or multi-cultural, etic or emic, scientific or applied, quantitative or qualitative, and focused on both human universality and diversity.
The SCCR was founded in 1971. Based on a commitment to the multi-disciplinary approach, the SCCR Presidency rotates among anthropologists, psychologists, and other social scientists. Early members were heavily involved in hologeistic research, but the perspectives of the SCCR members have diversified over the years. Proud of its history, the Society looks forward to growing in the new millennium by addressing the needs and interests of its increasingly diverse membership.
One of the major functions of the Society is to hold an annual meeting in February on the weekend following Presidents' Day. Because the meetings are relatively small in contrast with some mega-conventions, the SCCR conference maintains an intimate and personal atmosphere that fosters in-depth discussions, professional networking, and formation of long-term professional connections among attendees. The conference is held in various regions of North America, and organized by the President-Elect. The Society sponsors the quarterly journal Cross-Cultural Research (Sage Publications) and also publishes the SCCR Newsletter.