Q:

What are some examples of collectivist cultures?

A:

Quick Answer

Countries that are collectivists are focused on the group dynamic instead of the individual. They tend to focus on moral behavior and the harmony of a group of people. These countries include, but are not limited to, Ecuador, Venezuela, Indonesia and Guatemala.

Know More
What are some examples of collectivist cultures?
Credit: epSos .de CC-BY 2.0

Full Answer

Collectivist cultures focus shame and seek to avoid it. If someone in the group deviates from the cultural norm, they are considered to be weak or to have bad character. Any type of conflict or saying "no" lessons the harmony of the group, so saying "no" or any sort of conflict is heavily avoided. In collectivist countries, being a part of the collective group gives a promise of safety and a source of identity as long as the person remains loyal to that group.

Other countries that are collectivists include Panama, Columbia, Pakistan, Costa Rica, Peru, Taiwan, Armenia, Russia, Belarus, El Salvador and South Korea. Many Asian cultures tend to be collectivist. This may be attributed to the fact that many of those countries are communist in their government, which often works hand-in-hand with collectivist cultures. Collectivist cultures are expected to work well in groups, but they still accept that individual groups within the larger group have varying beliefs and lifestyles. As long as their individual ways don't interrupt the collective group, it goes unnoticed.

Learn more in Cultures & Traditions

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Why might epics be similar across cultures?

    A:

    Epics are similar across cultures because they are long narrative poems with a number of literary features in common. Typically, epics depict honorable heroes, vast settings, lofty subject matter, formulaic language and lists or catalogs of people, places and things.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is cross cultural management?

    A:

    Cross cultural management involves managing work teams in ways that considers the differences in cultures, practices and preferences of consumers in a global or international business context. Many businesses have to learn to modify or adapt their approaches in order to compete on a level in fields no longer bound by physical geography with online interactions more common in business and other situations.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How are you expected to act by others?

    A:

    Each culture has its own mores for interpersonal relationships, but one of the basic rules for interaction that has remained true across cultures is the importance of treating others the way one wants to be treated. Following that principle is more difficult than it sounds, but if one looks at the mistakes that people have made in treating each other throughout history, they all violate that principle.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What do people eat in Afghanistan?

    A:

    Afghan food has developed as a blend from the surrounding cultures. It is largely rice based, with the addition of meat and spices. Bread is served at most meals.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore