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6: Beliefs, Values, and Cultural Universals

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  • This chapter delves into two theories of cultural values in more detail. The following tasks invite you not only to restate ideas from the chapter but also to apply the theories to communities of your own choosing.

    1. What are the five questions that every society must answer, according to Kluckhohn and Strodtbeck? Identify the three potential responses to each question.
    2. List and define Hofstede’s six dimensions of culture. Choose two national cultures that interest you. Compare and contrast them using Hofstede’s model.
    3. Identify four problems that critics have identified with Hofstede’s theory.
    4. Do you think it is possible to identify national values, or do you think values differ significantly from person to person and place to place? Explain.

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