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Jones's scholarship is gigantic, and the publication is stuffed with attention-grabbing proof. . . . He writes truly with a scarcity of jargon, which makes the booklet available to a large viewers. Economists may definitely enjoy the manner it opens up a much broader set of views. And . . . there's good enough attention-grabbing fabric to make the publication worthy for the extra common reader. (Paul Ormerod occasions larger schooling complement )

Jones' ebook is necessary since it hyperlinks our financial previous and destiny with our rules approximately tradition. (Mark Trahant Seattle Post-Intelligencer )

An available, illuminating, and encouraging e-book. (Avner Greif )

Eric Jones is clever, literate, and eclectic. His reviews diversity over many fields along with fiscal background, and he writes in a sprightly demeanour. The publication is enjoyable to learn, and it engages one of many great problems with monetary background: the function of tradition in fiscal affairs. (Peter Temin monetary background overview )

Eric L. Jones has written an engaging and well-argued critique of 2 positions that he believes are good entrenched within the fiscal background literature. the 1st, which he phrases 'cultural nullity', is broadly held via economists and assigns no or at top a trivial position to tradition in explaining monetary results. moment, Jones criticizes these (often historians) who reflect on a 'cultural fixity', during which an unchanging tradition dominates any other point of existence. . . . Jones marshals a powerful and every now and then fun diversity of illustrations of the fluidity of cultures. (Harold James overseas heritage evaluation )

Cultures Merging is a impressive ancient travel de strength featuring a wealth of argument to point the position of monetary forces within the amendment of tradition and vice versa. (Arthur Webb magazine of Cultural Economics )

Jones . . . makes a compelling argument for the exact position of literature in figuring out those dialectics of poverty. (John Marsh The Minnesota assessment )

Jones writes in a bright, appealing demeanour, expressing occasionally trenchant arguments on particular subject matters. . . . His booklet has a syncretic and eclectic suppose, and conveys a feeling of its writer as somebody who, having demonstrated his status in his earlier, extra targeted paintings, now revels in his skill to survey that of one other iteration or of students, and to inform his readers which results in stick to and which to think about dead. (Gianfranco Poggi Sociologica )

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The Silent Chinese: The Influence of Face and Kiasuism on Student Feedback-Seeking Behaviors,” Journal of Management Education 28/1 (Feb 2002): 70–98. 12 P. J. Kavanagh, The Perfect Stranger (London: HarperCollins, 1991), pp. 167– 68. 44 CULTURES FLUID AND STICKY ing bud and in some ways coming to resemble other societies. Of course, there are limits to convergence. Styles of classroom debate differ even within the West; some American students are positively garrulous. They have been socialized from kindergarten in a special way.

Such degrees of malleability seem 36 CULTURES FLUID AND STICKY to validate the generalizing power of economics. Whenever fresh incentives alter an outcome, the economic calculus is in the ascendant and notions of social permanence are undermined. Roman Catholicism has been particularly challenged by African conditions. It is asked to accommodate leviratic marriage, that is, to permit a man to sleep with his brother’s widow. 6 Perhaps we may coin the term “African widows’ syndrome” for the tendency to modify supposedly eternal belief systems in accordance with current realities.

34 Another study, this time of savings behavior in Japanese prefectures defined as traditional or nontraditional according to their consumption of traditional foods, also suggested that “tradition is one explanation (albeit a secondary one) of Japan’s high household saving rate” (p. 272). Leaving aside the question of the rather small size of the effect, these studies seem to confirm a minimalist position that culture does exert an influence on economic behavior. We also know that culture can change—think of the adaptation of many (though not all) immigrants to the mores York Review of Books, 20 Dec 1990.

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