This book is a passkey that opens many doors. Using one simple principle, Clash! explain some of the most bedeviling cultural divides in our workplaces and communities. It's mandatory reading for teachers, managers, and parents who want to raise their kids to succeed in a multicultural world.
—Chip Heath, PhD, coauthor, Decisive: How To Make Better Choices in Life and Work and Switch: How To Change When Change Is Hard
“Clash! offers deep insights into how our cultures and culture clashes make us who we are, and how that matters for success in the 21st century. Everyone should read this book.”
—Carol S. Dweck, PhD, author of Mindset
If you fear that cultural, political, and class differences are tearing America apart, read this important book to learn how we can turn some of our differences into strengths.
Jonathan Haidt, PhD, author of The Righteous Mind;
What a brilliant, eye-opening book! Filled with insight, and based on fascinating original research, Clash! offers a way to understand and break through some of the deepest cultural divides of our time. It's a page-turner fun, witty, engagingly written.”
—Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
"In these days of heedless enthusiasm for gene maps and brain scans, Clash! reminds us that human beings are, above all, culture-bearing, culture-sharing, and culture-shaping animals. This thoroughly engaging book shows that to know a person, one must know a culture."
—Barry Schwartz, PhD, author of The Paradox of Choice and Practical Wisdom
"Better than any book I know, Clash! illuminates the cultural influences in our everyday lives and how they underlie the major identity clashes of our times. This delightfully written book also imparts a better understanding of ourselves.
—Claude Steele, PhD, author of Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do
“A brilliant and highly accessible exposition of new scientific findings about profound cultural differences. As the world grows smaller and flatter, the wisdom of Clash! will prove essential for effective functioning."
—Richard E. Nisbett, PhD, author of Intelligence and How to Get It
Finally! An entertaining and scientifically rigorous explanation of how our cultures work on us and how we can work on them. Clash! is a must-read for crafting effective personal change strategies that work within and across most cultures.
—Philip Zimbardo, PhD, author, The Lucifer Effect
In the conflict of cultures lies, paradoxically, the ability to construct a self with integrity, agility, and the potential to grow in ways previously unimagined. Full of good science and sage advice, Clash! provides the evidence and strength to approach the hard question, "Who am I?"
—Mahzarin Banaji, PhD, author of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People
A grab-bag, pop-psych look at cultural determinism and its discontents. People are different. Cultures are different. But within those truisms lies a potentially discomfiting question that Markus (Behavioral Sciences/Stanford Univ.) and science writer and cultural psychologist Conner ask at the beginning: "What kind of person will not just survive but thrive in the twenty-first century?" That depends, of course, on place, custom, economy, education and a host of other factors, not least among them culture. Culture--and anthropologists have counted at least 200 extended definitions of that elusive term--is the shell surrounding us human eggs, and, as the authors note, it is what allows so many whites to wear blinders that assure them that we live in a post-racial society while people of color know the truth to be very different. Culture, they assert rightly, has as much to do with who people are "as do the genes, neurons, and brain regions within their bodies." And as to the clash of the title? The authors do not always have their eyes on this prize, but they address that large question, observing--and it's always dangerous to generalize--that people raised under the banner of Socrates prize individualism, whereas people raised under that of Confucius tend to value the polity more than the individual members of it. The authors chew on some slippery but intriguing tidbits: Why are Californians thin and athletic, Midwesterners not so much? (Hint: It has to do with the stability of relationships.) The authors steer into murkier territory when art pretends to be science, as when they write up a score card for Barack Obama ("gets one point in the ‘Independent' column for ‘Gender' "). A tighter and better-organized argument would have helped, but the authors provide plenty of smart if debatable observations about who we are.