Collectivist Culture

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  • One in which people tend to view themselves as members of groups, such as families, work units, tribes, and nations. They usually consider the needs of the group to be more important than the needs of individuals. Most Asian cultures, for example, tend to be collectivist. China is a collectivist culture. The fundamental difference between individualist and collectivist cultures lies in the handling of the relationship between individuals and the community. An individualist culture highlights personal interests, which is not an issue in a collectivist culture.

    In a collectivist culture, the community is more important than the individual. In Singapore, for example, the community takes precedence, and the government enforces strict rules to maintain a collectivist culture. The most well-known example is the law forbidding spitting ...

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