It’s been a while since I’ve written a book review, but along with my New Year’s resolutions comes a renewed commitment to stick my nose in a novel more often. And so far, so good.
I’ve just put down Erin Meyer’s The Culture Map, and while I found it a bit of a slow start, it definitely provided some new perspectives on intercultural communication. As a New Zealander living in The Netherlands, I live and breathe the challenges that come with stepping outside of your own culture on a daily basis.
And yet, never before have I had such a concrete frame of reference with which to understand this. In The Culture Map, Meyer positions different cultures relative to one another on various scales and draws on current research as well as personal experience to decode these. This includes analysis on aspects such as: (more…)