Qualitative Analysis of the Impacts of Social Structure on Social Ethics of the Iranian

Document Type : Research Paper


1 M.A. Department of Social Sciences, West Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

2 Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Researcher, West Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Central Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran


Present research is intended to make a sociological study of social ethics in the Iranian society with a focus on the structures; the theoretical model of which analysis is based on the theories of Parsons, Homans and Goffman. This study is a qualitative research based on content analysis of the responses given by 35 citizens of Tehran to the semi-structured interview questions. Results of this research indicate that social structures within economic, political, social and cultural subsystem affect on social moral values. Research data in this survey reveals that 85 percent of the participants believe that moral values are currently declining, while 71 percent consider that social ethics in our today’s society center on profitability and still 57 percent of the participants refer to prevalence of aggressive behavior among people which has taken a growing trend due to adoption of inappropriate policies and institutionalized corruption. In addition, 42 percent of the participants touch on the weakness of professional code of conduct at all levels of the society and the other 28 percent have considered moral standing in the Iranian society to be tantamount to a the society without identity.