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Overarching Patterns of Culture

Most peoples of the world live and relate to others according to one of two overarching patterns of culture: honor or justice. There are two additional overarching patterns not depicted in this post called clientelism and harmony. See the 2019 book, Overarching Patterns of Culture: A Look at Common Behavior by Robert Strauss and Christopher Strauss for a detailed framework and analysis of all four patterns. Clientelism…
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Social Science Research in Diversity

The Role of Social Science Research in Diversity “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities” (Stephen R. Covey) Introduction The term diversity means different things to different people. At its core the term simply refers to differences. How do I see diversity? How can I see differences but avoid essentialism? How does one leverage polarities? What role…
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Max Weber

Max Weber (1864–1920) is considered by many to be the “Father of Modern Sociology”.1 His emphasis on the historical influence of ideas encouraged sociologists to consider more than just a society’s material culture and institutional structures. One of his primary interests was Verstehen, the emic understanding of the social actor in human exchange. Weber saw value in looking at the meaning…
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Experiential Learning Activity – Dancing

The purpose of this experiential learning activity (ELA) is to demonstrate? Sometimes unpredicted behaviors take place in cross-cultural settings. They may even occur abruptly. The observed behaviors may appear normal or strange. We may or may not be able to predict them. It may feel uncomfortable to participate in the behaviors. Participation will require adjustment.…
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Experiential Learning Activity – Shoes

The purpose of this experiential learning activity (ELA) is to demonstrate: We generally behave according to a code of conduct We tend to assume that others behave according to the same or similar code When they do not, conflict is inevitable Often, we think others are strange or even stupid The importance of understanding our…
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The People of India

In a previous blog post about The Land of India, I described my travels to interesting destinations during a month-long business trip during the summer of 2013. As a nation India is diverse and its people are distinct. Amidst the diversity and distinctiveness, commonalities are seen throughout. The largest cities like Mumbai and Bangalore are rapidly…
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