Does climate affect people's culture?

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dc.contributor.author Bellows, Scott
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-12T15:23:24Z
dc.date.available 2018-07-12T15:23:24Z
dc.date.issued 2018-06-13
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/3900
dc.description A Newspaper article by Scott Bellows, an Assistant Professor in the Chandaria School of Business at USIU-Africa en_US
dc.description.abstract Why do some groups of people behave differently than other groups? What drives the variance between our ethnic communities? Colonialists often arrogantly and incorrectly ascribed culture differences around the world to the superiority or inferiority of racial brain capacities. No region felt the brunt of racial stereotypes in colonial times with lingering unconscious biases more than sub-Saharan Africa. Ironically, caucasians and Asians have traces of primitive Neanderthal DNA through ancient comingling while black sub-Saharan Africans hold no trace of Neanderthal DNA and live in the epicenter of human evolution of superior brain function that originated right here in sub-Saharan Africa. So, for this and many other scientific reasons, anti-African brain capacity biases are rubbish. Modern sociologists have pondered instead that climatic effects may partially explain observable culture differences across nations, regions, and clusters. Prolific social psychologist Geert Hofstede and later Robert House and his co-researchers made firm associations between climate, rainfall, humidity, and cultural behaviour and opinions. Business Talk takes a detour this week from its education in Kenya mini-series to bring readers the results of breaking research conducted by the United States International University of Africa and Durham University in cooperation with USAID and Global Communities just released in the Co-operative University of Kenya’s African Journal for Co-operative Development and Technology. en_US
dc.publisher Business Daily en_US
dc.subject Society en_US
dc.title Does climate affect people's culture? en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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