The Four Cultures Blog

I just came across the Four Cultures Blog, which looks to be some anonymous blogger’s vision of how cultural cognition theory would consider various topics, including Star Wars, marketing, climate change, business failure, fatalism in public policy and much much more. (For those of you who are unfamiliar with cultural cognition theory, you can find a primer, with pictures, here. Or you can check out the project’s homepage here. Incidentally, the author of the Four Cultures blog refers to the low group-grid fatalistic cultural style, a term deliberately missing from the Kahanian papers.)

The blog appears to be little visited so far, and consequently the comments are pretty good. Check it out!

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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  1. Fourcultures says:

    Dave, thanks for mentioning the Fourcultures site. I’m glad you like the comments. The aim of the site is to popularise ‘grid-group cultural theory’ (after Mamadouh 1998) – and more than two people have already visited it. Got to start somewhere…

    I think the work of the Cultural Cognition Project is excellent. Especially worthwhile is ‘its emphasis on social psychological mechanisms that connect individuals’ risk perceptions to their cultural outlooks’ (Kahan 2008).

    But, yes, I’m frustrated that most fourfold socio-cultural typologies seem to miss out the ‘fatalism’ quadrant. This gap can also be seen, for instance, in Relational Models Theory (it’s there, but hidden). Indeed, most of the writers on Cultural Theory, including Mary Douglas and Michael Thompson, having identified Fatalism then go on to ignore it on the basis that it is inactive or passive. I think this is a mistake, and I find the Cultural Cognition Project’s reasons for excluding Fatalism to be equally unconvincing. I’d like to see what happens when the same data used by the Project are analysed in a way that conforms more closely to the four cultures of Cultural Theory. Would this empirically rule out Fatalism as a possibility? Or has the ruling out been done already?