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Sussex-led research explodes the myth of a 'West vs. Rest' cultural divide

The research into global concepts of selfhood, involving 73 researchers working in 35 nations, reveals that the self-beliefs of members of Western cultural groups have much more in common with the rest of the world than was previously suggested, contradicting the generally accepted view of a 'West vs. the rest' divide.

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Culture is not a luxury, it is an economy's bread and butter

Culture is not a luxury, it is an economy's bread and butter | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Culture, as described by one celebrated critic, is among the most awkward words in the English language. So it comes as no surprise that cultural value is an ever-elusive, indefinable thing.

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The article refers to work by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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Gabe Chavez's curator insight, October 14, 2014 4:48 PM

I think we just dont understand it. Culture can be one of those things that everyone sorta has different views about it. Culture is whats the US so unique. we have so much immigration that there are so many different types of culture. It makes our societies different and 'one of a kind'. I find a very confusing but interesting thing.

Kortney Renee Honstein's curator insight, October 14, 2014 11:56 PM

Culture is just something we don't find in a lot of places anymore. Although here in the US we tend to find a lot. People immigrate into America and that causes different cultures to come here. We may only pay attention to our culture but I know that we should start looking at other places too. It is important to know other countries culture because it gives us more insight to our own.

Dean Haakenson's comment, November 7, 2014 9:07 AM
The argument that culture is part of the economic fabric of places and not just an afterthought is interesting.
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Taking part in sport and cultural activities makes us happier, says study 

Taking part in sport and cultural activities makes us happier, says study  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Taking part in sport and cultural activities makes us happier, says study - A new study conducted at Nottingham Trent University found that engagement in sports and cultural activities like attending concerts positively contributed to a person's happiness.

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Article cites research using data from the ESRC-funded Understanding Society

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