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National Characteristics

National Characteristics

Part of European Monographs in Social Psychology

  • Date Published: July 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521154994

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  • Do different nationalities have different psychological characteristics? This question is often avoided as being too controversial, but it is squarely faced in this illuminating comparative study, first published in 1985. Dean Peabody focuses principally on six nations: Britain, Germany, France, Italy and the two world powers, Russia and America, where extensive empirical studies have been conducted to ascertain what ordinary people judge to be national characteristics (often dismissed as 'national stereotypes'). These results are compared and contrasted with those from social scientific accounts of 'national character', and there is a perhaps surprising level of agreement between the two. Moreover, as Professor Peabody's systematic cross-national survey demonstrates, the psychological characteristics of different nationalities do differ in fundamental ways.

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    • Date Published: July 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521154994
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    introduction
    Part I. Judgements about National Characteristics:
    1. National characteristics and group judgements
    2. Characteristics of persons
    3. Judgement principles
    4. The empirical study: design and method of analysis
    5. Overall results
    Part II. National Character and Results for Separate Nationalities:
    6. National character
    7. The English
    8. The Germans
    9. The French
    10. The Italians
    11. The Russians
    12. The Americans
    13. North and south Italians: a regional substudy
    14. Northern Europeans
    15. Southern and eastern Europeans
    16. The Phillippines results revisited
    Part III. Conclusions:
    17. Conclusions: national characteristics
    18. Conclusions: judgements about national characteristics
    Appendices
    References
    Subject index
    Index of names.

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    Dean Peabody

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