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Culture and Management in the Americas$
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Alfredo Behrens

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760140

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760140.001.0001

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How Culture Shaped Options in the New World

How Culture Shaped Options in the New World

(p.125) Chapter 9 How Culture Shaped Options in the New World
Culture and Management in the Americas
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This chapter examines how culture shaped options in the New World, focusing on the differences between the Pilgrims who landed in North America and those in Latin America related to the indigenous people—and what they would later do to heal the initial severance. It discusses the origins and the significance of the American Thanksgiving celebration, not only because there is no similar event in Latin America but also because it represents deliberate socially integrative policies in the United States that have not been developed by Latin Americans. Those integrative efforts also give salience to different attitudes regarding the poor, relieving poverty, and the meaning of individualism to both Latin Americans and North Americans. After analyzing the relationship between individualism and egalitarianism in both North and Latin America, the chapter considers similarities between Latin Americans and North Americans, specifically with U.S. Southerners.

Keywords:   Pilgrims, North America, Latin America, culture, Thanksgiving, individualism, egalitarianism, socially integrative policies, poverty

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