Mon August 5, 2013
"Eight Cultural Conflicts That Make Us Who We Are" (Encore Presentation)
On this encore edition of StudioTulsa, our guest is Dr. Hazel Rose Markus, who is the Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and a pioneer in the field of experimental cultural psychology. She's also the co-author of the book, "Clash: Eight Cultural Conflicts That Make Us Who We Are," which examines the basic differences in how human beings relate to the world --- that is, the differences that define how we perceive other cultures and people unlike ourselves. Dr. Markus is a pioneer in the study of independent and interdependent selves. She writes that these two viewpoints of self influence how we teach our students, raise our kids, run our governments, and regard both the rich and the poor. And as our world shrinks through globalization and global culture, conflicts become more commonplace as cultures that value individuality and those that value community intersect. Acknowledging these cultural differences --- as they permeate gender, race and ethnicity --- is, as our guest argues, the first step toward a better understanding and a reduction of cultural conflicts.