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Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World

In Rule Makers, Rule Breakers celebrated cultural psychologist Michele Gelfand takes us on an epic journey through human cultures, offering a startling new view of the world and ourselves. With a mix of brilliantly conceived studies and surprising on-the-ground discoveries, she shows that much of the diversity in the way we think and act derives from a key differencehow tightly or loosely we adhere to social norms.Why are clocks in Germany so accurate while those in Brazil are frequently wrong? Why do New Zealands women have the highest number of sexual partners? Why are Red and Blue States really so divided? Why was the Daimler-Chrysler merger ill-fated from the start? Why is the driver of a Jaguar more likely to run a red light than the driver of a plumbers van? Why does one spouse prize running a tight ship while the other refuses to sweat the small stuff? In search of a common answer, Gelfand has spent two decades conducting research in more than fifty countries. Across all age gro...

Title : Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World
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ISBN : 9781501152955
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Number of Pages : 384 pages
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Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World Reviews

  • tinythunder

    I thought this would be interesting, but did not expect to take as many notes as I did. She comes right out with the premise and it feels like an oversimplification, so I was afraid this would be one of those repetitive research abstracts converted to an unnecessarily long book. But she actually did a great job of laying out a bunch of different angles and making many excellent points. It’s a very useful lens for viewing geopolitical conflict, and something I’ll definitely use going forward, so ...more

  • Kim Forney

    I liked the book. There is a lot of information! Listening to the difference of Tightness and Looseness groups, some of the information seems like a no-brainer. Loose states and countries are more tolerant of immigrants, sexual and moral codes. The differences between countries and the individual states were extremely interesting. Norms change according to external threats throughout the ages. The author has organized the information in a logical way. She even brings it down to the lowest levels ...more

  • GWC

    Takes an interesting idea and TED talks it to death.

  • Polina

    Great subject. Good points. The book is somewhat redundant and many scenarios presented as examples to a particular point are not terribly insightful. This book doesn’t warrant 400 pages and would be more impactful in a concise format such as an exploratory article.

  • Dolly

    This book brings the world into focus. With a rich theory and concrete examples, all told in accessible prose, Michele Gelfand offers a lens through which to understand norms and cultures that is both simple and mind-blowing. A wonderful book.

  • Martin Weigert

    After a couple of dozen pages I realized that the rest of the book would only be repetition and examples of the main theory, so I decided to use my time for other things.

  • Virginia Choi

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psychologists run studies and analyze human behavior. The framework of tightness-looseness is fascinating to understand. You'll learn all about the power of social norms and how they influence us on a daily basis. There is ...more