Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions Of Individualism

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Using Hofstede’s cultural dimensions of individualism/collectivism, context, chronemics, uncertainty avoidance, power distance, masculinity/femininity, and long-term/short-term orientation can help to compare and contrast America and Israel. America is located mainly in the Northern Hemisphere in the continent of North America. Israel is located in Asia, which is located in the Eastern and Northern Hemisphere. There are many things you will find similar when talking about two countries, but also plenty of differences. For example, Hofstede’s cultural dimensions along with the ethnicities, nationalities, race, religions, and the norms of each country. When I think about going to another country I think about what kind of popular food they will have, the sights to see, things to do, if they have good shopping, and so much more. Most people don’t put into consideration how the population of that country defines themselves and their relationships to others. A country can either have an individualist culture or a collectivist culture. According to Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions, individualist cultures believe being individual is important, they stress their independence, reward personal and individual treatment, and value everything about being individual (Sprague, Stuart, Bodary 3-2a). Collectivist cultures view needs and group goals as the most important thing along with focusing mainly on cooperation instead of competition. When talking about America, it is considered very
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