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

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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 ...more
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Published September 11th 2018 by Scribner
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Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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 psychologist and author Michele Gelfand has spent more than 20 years studying and researching culture in over fifty countries. She provides entertaining insight and explanatory studies revealing the curious and compelling re ...more
Atila Iamarino
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 culturas ou pessoas mais restritas, que seguem muitas regras e protocolos, como a cultura japonesa, ou culturas e pessoas mais relaxadas, com menos protocolos, como a brasileira. E discute como isso se desdobra em culturas nacionais
Virginia Choi
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Henri Tournyol du Clos
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, which produces a metric for overall tightness. Yep. And, true to form, the author touts in the text as universal truths the results of several social psychology experiments which have been either disproved (e.g. the m ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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—“tightness-looseness”—shedding much needed light on domains ranging from politics, negotiations, workplace relations to family life.

The book describes the surprising ways in which the strength of social norms explains the d
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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 hour, commuters flout the 'Do Not Cross' sign as they dart in front of cabs.

Michele Gelfand is introduced as a 'cultural psychologist.' In this book she analyses different nations, cultures and societies on a tight-lo
Katherine Shonk
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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; and so much more. RULE MAKERS, RULE BREAKERS unlocks culture in a way I'd never thought about it before, and it offers a framework that clarifies so much of what we find perplexing about human nature, from the indi ...more
Kim Forney
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
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
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
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Reviews 1 4 Jul 28, 2018 04:05PM  
“example worldwide. Iceland’s success illustrates a broader—and encouraging—point about culture: Our environment may shape our social norms, but so can we. We can make collective choices about the kinds of norms we want to embrace. And when our norms aren’t serving us well, we can, and should, take steps to rebalance them.” 0 likes
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