Cultural Units in Cross-Cultural Research Essay by Annette

Cultural Units in Cross-Cultural Research
The following paper is a review of De Munch and Korotayev's "Cultural Units in Cross-Cultural Research."
# 4938 | 720 words | 0 sources | 2000 | US
Published on May 30, 2002 in Anthropology (Cultural) , Anthropology (General) , Sociology (General)

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The writer of this paper critically analyzes the ways in which De Munch and Korotayev start out by explaining that it is difficult to research across cultures because of "cross-cultural pollenization" that is, one culture tends to absorb some traits of the other. They point out that without adequate controls, the research can give both false confirmations of the hypothesis as well as false negatives. This paper is a negative critique of Cultural Units in Cross-Cultural Research.

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“The first group might look culturally diverse at first: 4 Spanish; 4 Iraqi; 1 Russian; 1 Estonian; 1 Javanese; 1 Ganda; one Greek; one Maronite-Lebanese. However, this group had significant cultural similarities, which the authors of course knew because they contrived the group. Some of the clerics were Catholic and therefore celibate. Others were Moslem and allowed more than one wife. It is hard to imagine how this example sheds any light on either cross-cultural studies or statistical and research methods.”

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