In Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World
(Scribner Books, 2018), Dr. Michele Gelfand
leverages cultural psychology research to examine social norms and their implications on individuals, organizations, and nations. Dr. Gelfand examines how the threat environment shapes a nation’s culture, as well as how organizations, such as the military, are shaped by cultural forces. Rule Makers, Rule Breakers
is written for a broad audience and includes research that national security readers will find particularly noteworthy. For example, Dr. Gelfand’s research on the Arab Spring in Egypt is an interesting case study of culture’s broader role in politics and national security.
Beth Windisch is a national security practitioner. You can tweet her @bethwindisch.