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The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous (English Edition) Format Kindle
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- ASIN : B07RZFCPMD
- Éditeur : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (8 septembre 2020)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 26589 KB
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- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 706 pages
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The central thesis is interesting and thought-provoking. When we come into the world, we adapt to the culture in which we find ourselves. For many people this is a kinship based culture where what matters is fitting in, and the success of the kinship group. For Westerners today it is more of an individually based culture. You need to be the best version of yourself you can be. Go out and shop for a career Go out and shop for a partner. Be self-controlled and diligent (the success will come to you personally and not be shared by your kinship group). And so on...
Why the change? Well according to the author it's because the church with its effect amplified by conquest, took hold of much of Western Europe - and looked to break the kinship structures on which the world previously depended to bring everyone into a single world of religion. And succeeded. But then there were other institutions that could also grow on a more 'impersonal' basis - the city state, universities, monasteries, guilds and so on. These then amplify the effect further.
There are many fascinating by-ways in the book (on testosterone levels in different societies, on civil engagement, on blood donation, to name but a few). As to the central thesis, I'd like to have seen more discussion of the philosophers of the ancient world, and of Athens in particular as a city-state in classical times that we happen to know a good bit about. How did that work and is it a counter-example to the historical thesis here. I also wonder about people in the more northerly regions of Europe. There must (surely?) be places too distant for the church to reach that have nonetheless embraced Western ways. (In a sense the author points to the availability now of Western toolkits for eg South Korea to draw on; but elsewhere also says families from kinship societies who settle in Western societies don't immediately integrate in terms of world outlook and civil society engagement and so on).
So: a great deal to think about here; but also some central insights and theories that I believe you won't find elsewhere - and that could just hold the key to our understanding of important parts of our worldview and the worldviews of others.
So strongly recommended.
A hard read if you’re not anthropologically or sociologically literate but worth sticking with it.