The Myth of National Culture

The Myth of National Culture

Week 2- Activity 4- The Myth of National Culture

To begin with, Professor McSweeney’s view of national cultures will be presented. The myth of national culture is nothing more than just the collection of media and social imaginings that live in a permanent exception to the realities of a nation. The exception is assumed to waterproof national culture against interaction with foreigners while destroying the meaning of nationals outside the national territory at the same time (Burgess and Gold, 2015, p. 40). The question about whether everything addressing this aforementioned reality is exceptional and contains local causes, then the much people know and think about national culture is dismissed with no validity beyond their borders. The myth states that a nation is like an orphan and in this case an orphan, or an autistic individual who faces massive challenges while attempting to establish a meaning outside the relationship with his/her state-territory-origin (Venaik and Brewer, 2013, p. 469). This is the reason why nation-states provide themselves with the folklore of national animals that face death when they cross the States border, from the Purto Rican coquito the Iberian lynx, which is a Disneyfied model of the primary national virtue, being unable to exist outside of the borders of the State and its imagination. Student Sample: ORDER YOUR PAPER NOW

On the other hand, Hofstede survey on Australia provides revealing results on national cultures. Hofstede generalizes about the whole national population in all countries using questionnaire responses from the IBM. There is no evidence that the feedback he gathers is nationally representative of all nations. His 5 model is based on assumptions that every person share a common national culture with the other people from other countries. Hofstede’s assumption that all people are equally plausible like those of IBM is a myth and cannot be relied upon. Relying on his assumption requires people to assume that the average national culture is acceptable among all groups of people. However, there is no evidence based on sound reasoning that the average IBM responses reflected ‘the’ national average. His assumption can be termed as a mere leap of faith. The IBM respondents were already permanently mentally programmed with three non-interacting culture hence subverting its reliability. Based on these justifications, Professor McSweeney’s view on national cultures is more compelling than that of Hofstede (Venaik and Brewer, 2010, p. 88). Finally, a single culture can be applied in determining the actions of the entire population as postulated my Prof McSweeney’s view on national cultures. Student Sample: ORDER YOUR PAPER NOW

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