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

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 difference?how t In Rule Makers, Rule Breakers celebrated cultural psychologist Michele Gelfand takes us on an epic journey through huma...

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

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

  • GWC
    Nov 18, 2018
    Takes an interesting idea and TED talks it to death. ...
  • Paul McNeil
    Feb 13, 2019
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  • Dolly
    Sep 12, 2018
    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. ...
  • Katherine Shonk
    Jul 31, 2018
    It's not hyperbole to say this is a revolutionary book that changed the way I view the world. It unlocked for me the mystery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the culture clashes I've experienced with friends, family, and coworkers; some of my own behaviors that have puzzled me; ...
  • Polina
    Oct 14, 2018
    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. ...
  • Daniel
    Jan 22, 2019
    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...
  • Atila Iamarino
    Oct 13, 2018
    Uma ótima ideia que achei esticada demais e aplicada demais como a única explicação. Michele Gelfand é uma psicóloga que pesquisa sobre um aspecto cultural bem particular, o eixo tightness-looseness, algo como regrado-desregrado ou tenso-relaxado. É o traço que define cultur...
  • Ian Pitchford
    Feb 02, 2019
    Interesting but weak This seems to be an awful lot of speculation resting on weak empirical and theoretical bases. It always seems to be possible to accommodate the ?tight or loose? framework just by altering the level of granularity - from nation state to community to corporati...
  • tinythunder
    Nov 03, 2018
    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 sh...
  • Edward Jones
    Dec 27, 2018
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  • Tyson
    Jan 27, 2019
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  • Virginia Choi
    Jul 31, 2018
    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 psycholog...
  • Henri Tournyol du Clos
    Sep 29, 2018
    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...
  • Subowal
    Oct 23, 2018
    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...
  • Jenny Bhatt
    Dec 04, 2018
    Gelfand's thesis is that a culture is shaped, primarily, by its perceptions of internal or external threat. The greater the sense of threat, the tighter it gets with rules and norms and vice versa. Threat-driven tight cultures seek order and unity and do not allow for the ambiguities o...
  • Venkatesh-Prasad
    Dec 28, 2018
    The book provides a grounded view about how tightness/conservatism and looseness/liberalism affects various aspects of our life. Based on various historical observations, the main points is that 1) humans -- social beings -- yearn for balance between tightness and looseness and 2) the ...
  • Sorcha
    Dec 05, 2018
    This was an absorbing and reflective read - highly recommended to expats and teachers. ...
  • Robert Petrie
    Jan 10, 2019
    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...
  • Louise Beaton
    Dec 29, 2018
    You can read my review here: https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/vo... ...
  • Theodore Kinni
    Feb 01, 2019
    Gelfand?s thesis in this eye-opening exploration of of the power of social norms can summed up as ?Culture eats everything for lunch.? ...
  • Peter Gyongyosi
    Feb 09, 2019
    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...
  • Piotr
    Jul 30, 2018
    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...
  • Ben Mercure
    Dec 02, 2018
    Interesting breakdown of countries/cultures/communities into ?tight? (prioritizes order) vs ?loose? (prioritizes freedom) and why different groups gravitate to different strategies. Though not everything is clean cut in the real world (Israel described as loose, yet the fact th...
  • Martin Weigert
    Oct 27, 2018
    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. ...
  • Shelly
    Jul 03, 2018
    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...
  • Lynette
    Feb 09, 2019
    Great read on understanding tight and loose cultures; appreciated the varying perspectives of how this impacts our current political climate in the US, how this applies to corporate cultures and even global cultures around the world. Great way to build understanding and empathy espe...
  • Alex Jones
    Jan 04, 2019
    This is the greatest book I ever read. It coached me on the culture of tight-loose and how to use them with timely and wise decisions. Great additional to my knowledge ...
  • Kim Forney
    Oct 02, 2018
    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...
  • Ren
    Jan 07, 2019
    Rule makers, rule breakers is one of the most engrossing books I?ve read. I especially like how Gelfand weaves entertaining stories about cultural phenomena into her book alongside fascinating analysis of cross-cultural research. I read a lot of books about social science and culture...
  • Yoon Young
    Jan 07, 2019
    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...