Clash!: How to Thrive in a Multicultural World by Hazel Rose Markus

By Hazel Rose Markus

"Clash! explains probably the most bedeviling cultural divides in our offices and groups. it truly is needed examining for lecturers, managers, and oldsters who are looking to elevate their little ones to achieve a multicultural world." - Chip Heath, coauthor of Decisive and change
because the global will get smaller, humans from varied backgrounds are colliding like by no means ahead of. top cultural psychologists Hazel Markus and Alana Conner demonstrate how a unmarried tradition conflict - the conflict of independence and interdependence - ignites either worldwide hostilities and day-by-day tensions among areas, races, genders, sessions, religions, and firms. Markus and Conner then exhibit how we will leverage either independence and interdependence to fix the rifts in our groups, offices, and faculties.

Provocative, witty, and painstakingly researched, Clash! not just explains who we're, it additionally envisions who shall we become.

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She then asked people in San Francisco and Seoul how much they agreed with the statements. She found that Americans of many different ages and professions thought that talking is good for thinking. Koreans, in contrast, more readily agreed that talking can impede thinking. Just because Americans believe that talking helps them think, however, does not mean they are right. Likewise, East Asians may mistakenly believe that talking interferes with thinking. To find out exactly how talking affects thinking for European Americans and East Asians, Kim asked American students who had grown up speaking English to take a nonverbal intelligence test called the Raven Progressive Matrices.

There is, however, one relatively simple system that explains both where these clashes come from and how to soften them. And that system is the culture cycle—the topic of our next chapter. ” Hazel asked her then-four-year-old daughter, Krysia. “Cheerios? Rice Chex? ” “Special K,” Krysia answered. “Special K for my special K? Sounds good. And what do you want to drink? Apple juice? Orange juice? ” “No, honey. I’m sorry. ” “Okay. ” “Sure, sweetie. ” Hazel turned to a jetlagged Shinobu Kitayama, just arrived from Kyoto and staying with Hazel’s family while attending a conference.

You should encourage markets to offer you more fresh produce and less processed food. You should lobby city governments to set aside plenty of safe, open space for you to exercise. And you should support laws and taxes that protect you from unhealthy foods and food additives. A more substantial example of what it takes to change culture cycles is the civil rights movement. Tweaking any one part of the culture cycle puts small dents in the problem of racial injustice. Using education to change individual hearts and minds (an individual-level intervention), improving portrayals of minorities in media (a change at the interactions level), and abolishing Jim and Juan Crow19 laws (an institutional alteration) can move the needle toward greater racial and ethnic equality on their own.

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