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Individualism vs. Collectivism

Part of understanding cultures and how they vary between countries and regions is learning to classify them as individualistic or collectivist.

Individualistic cultures tend to have members that are very self-supportive and independent.  Individuals from these types of cultures see themselves as without the need for others and are very focused on their own objectives and agendas.  America and Germany are classic examples of highly individualistic cultures.

On the flip side, collectivism is more of a relational culture or “family” environment where people from the same culture enjoy spending time together and building deep relationships.  Examples of collectivist cultures would be France, Nepal, and Brazil.

These two types of cultures can also vary from city to city within a country as is the case with America.  While mostly individualistic, the southern states of the United States are known for their hospitality and emphasis on relationship.


December 4, 2012 admin Culture

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