Culture’s Consequences: Comparing Values, Behaviors, by Geert Hofstede

By Geert Hofstede

Geert Hofstede has thoroughly rewritten, revised and up-to-date Culture's results for the twenty-first century, he has broadened the book's cross-disciplinary charm, elevated the insurance of nations tested from forty to greater than 50, reformulated his arguments and a large number of new literature has been integrated. The e-book is dependent round 5 significant dimensions: energy distance; uncertainty avoidance; individualism as opposed to collectivism; masculinity as opposed to femininity; and long-term as opposed to momentary orientation.

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Rituals are collective activities that are technically unnecessary to the achievement of desired ends, but that within a culture are considered socially essential, keeping the individual bound within the norms of the collectivity. 29 Ways of greeting and paying respect to others are examples, as are social and religious ceremonies. Business and political meetings organized for seemingly rational reasons often serve mainly ritual purposes, such as allowing the leaders to assert themselves. 4 symbols, heroes and rituals are subsumed under the term practices.

B-42 Panchsheel Enclave New Delhi 110 017 India Printed in the United States of America Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Hofstede, Geert H. —2nd ed. p. cm. ISBN 0-8039-7323-3 (cloth: alk. : acid-free paper) 1. Ethnopsychology. 2. National characteristics. 3. Values—Cross-cultural studies. I. Title. 8’9—dc21 00-010498 02 03 04 05 10 9 8 7 6 5 Acquiring Editor: Editorial Assistant: Production Editor: Copy Editor: Typesetter: Indexer: Cover Designer: Jim Brace-Thompson Anna Howland Claudia A.

The “mind” stands for the head, heart, and hands—that is, for thinking, feeling, and acting, with consequences for beliefs, attitudes, and skills. And as Kluckhohn has affirmed, culture in this sense includes values; systems of values are a core element of culture. Values are invisible until they become evident in behavior, but culture manifests itself in visible elements too. From the many terms used to describe visible manifestations of culture, the following three, together with values, cover the total concept rather neatly: symbols, heroes, and rituals.

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