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'''National character studies''' is a defunct [[cultural anthropology|anthropological]] focus that made broad and often flawed generalizations when studying [[cultural behavior]] as a means of justifying the concept of [[modal personality]] traits. That is, recognizing and applying behavioral patterns unanimously to citizens within a culture as a result of those citizens being born and or raised there. In short, [[stereotyping]].
 
'''National character studies''' is a defunct [[cultural anthropology|anthropological]] focus that made broad and often flawed generalizations when studying [[cultural behavior]] as a means of justifying the concept of [[modal personality]] traits. That is, recognizing and applying behavioral patterns unanimously to citizens within a culture as a result of those citizens being born and or raised there. In short, [[stereotyping]].
 
A good example of the logical fallacies this method produces is found in [[Ruth Benedict]]'s book "[[The Chrysanthemum and the Sword]]", where she had studied [[Japanese culture]] during wartime. She characterized the [[Empire of Japan]] as having a preoccupation with aesthetics and militarism.
 
 
This book was a good example of [[Boasian anthropology]] founded by [[Franz Boas]] (of whom Benedict was a student). While it was the first to introduce a [[scientific method]] to anthropology, it had not yet developed adequate and recurrently verifiable data collection methods.
 
   
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
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*[[Character]]
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*[[Cultural determinism]]
 
*[[Nationalism]]
 
*[[Nationalism]]
 
*[[Margaret Mead]]
 
*[[Margaret Mead]]
*[[Cultural determinism]]
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== References ==
 
== References ==

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National character studies is a defunct anthropological focus that made broad and often flawed generalizations when studying cultural behavior as a means of justifying the concept of modal personality traits. That is, recognizing and applying behavioral patterns unanimously to citizens within a culture as a result of those citizens being born and or raised there. In short, stereotyping.

See also Edit


References Edit

  1. Homayun Sidky (2004). Perspectives on culture: a critical introduction to theory in cultural anthropology, 174–8, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

External links Edit

  • Terracciano A, Abdel-Khalek AM, Adám N, et al. (Oct 2005). National character does not reflect mean personality trait levels in 49 cultures. Science 310 (5745): 96–100.


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