Life History Cultural Analysis

Many people have a typical stereo type of Italians engraved in their brain. They think they are loud people who have large families and are all connected to the Mafia. Surprisingly, the stereo type couldn’t be any further away from the truth. Italian’s values and cultures are different than what Americans and others have come to believe. There is so much more to their culture than just pasta and pizza, their culture influences their development across their lifespan. Using the answers to interviews conducted with two Italian women, one can say that the Italian culture is a good example to use for the Hofstede model. Italian culture shows many signs of strong uncertainty avoidance, a ...

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uncertainty avoidance. When interviewing Stefania, she was asked what ‘family’ meant to her (Stefania, #8). Her response indicated that family is a huge part of her life and to this day, at the age of twenty-two, she still consults with her parents on issues and decisions that need to be made. This is an example for the need of clarity and structure. Stefania currently works as a barista and attends university for two classes but says she still needs the input from her parents. It is part of their culture to keep their parents in their lives for as long as possible and that’s what Stefania is doing by still going to her parents to help with the decision making process. She was asked about her plans for the future and what she saw herself doing in the years to come (Stefania, #18). Her response was hesitant and vague but what was understood was that she would eventually like to work with kids in a school as a teacher. She didn’t elaborate but she was sure this was what she was ...

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asked who does more cooking around the house, her or her boyfriend (Gaida, #20). Her response was surprising because one would believe that following the Hofstede model, the women would do most of the work around the house. She said that both her and her boyfriend alternate cooking and whoever doesn’t cook, does the dishes. This leans more towards the femininity side of Hofstede’s model where there is minimum social role differentiation between genders. Stefania’s interview also showed that the male and the female in the house both accompany each other in similar roles (Stefania, #19). What was interesting about Stefania’s interview was that she also added that even though the parents have ...

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