Cross-Cultural Analysis is the sequel to Culture's Consequences, the classic work published by Geert Hofstede, one of the most influential management thinkers in today's times. Hofstede's original work introduced a new research paradigm in cross-cultural analysis: studying cultural differences through nation-level dimensions (complex variables defined by intercorrelated items). This paradigm has been subsequently used by hundreds of prominent scholars all over the world and has produced solid results.
This new text takes the next step: It critically examines in one comprehensive volume the current, prevalent approaches to cross-cultural analysis at the level of nations that have been developed since Hofstede's work, offering students and researchers the theoretical and practical advantages and potential pitfalls of each method.
The book is structured into four distinct parts. Parts I and II focus on the main theoretical and statistical issues in cross-cultural analysis using Hofstede's approach and the different research methods now associated with it. Part II consists of presentations of all well-known (and some lesser known) large-scale cross-cultural studies since Hofstede's work that have explained cross-cultural variation in terms of dimensional models. Part III summarizes the main conclusions to be drawn from the presentations in Part II and I explains how the proposed models have contributed to our practical understanding of cross-cultural diversity.
Chapter 14: Cultural Differences Between the Arab World and Sub-Saharan Africa
Cultural Differences Between the Arab World and Sub-Saharan Africa
Although many of the Arab nations geographically share the African continent with the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa, their cultures are markedly different in terms of a number of interrelated characteristics. Other regions of the world also exhibit somewhat similar contrast: The northern Latin American countries resemble those of sub-Saharan Africa on some of the cultural traits discussed here, whereas East Asia and many of the European nations gravitate toward the Arab world. Yet, a focus on the cultural contrast between Arab and sub-Saharan countries is appropriate for a number of reasons. These two regions of the world evidence some of the starkest differences in the way in which ...