Cultural Dimensions of Egypt

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            Egypt’s religion dictates much of, if not all, the citizen’s culture norms and practices; from family values to meeting etiquette to how men and women should dress. Geert Hofstede would call Egypt’s society as short-termed oriented or a society with great respect to traditions and principles. However, religion isn’t the only thing handing out orders. Social class is extremely prominent in Egypt and depending what class one is born into that will determine the kind of life and opportunities he or she will have in their life. It’s not like in the United States where one can, more easily than not, be born into a poor family, get a college education, and be of higher class than their parents. There is little to no social mobility in Egypt. Much of that is due to, again, tradition and hierarchy; a restrained society as Hofstede would call it. A society constrained of its “joy” at the expense of strict social norms. The rest of Egyptian society see their culture in a more holistic perspective rather than individualistically. They see their culture as sort of a melting pot, Egyptian being one dimension, African, Arab, and Muslim the rest; as opposed to the majority of the community holding religion in a much higher pedestal than their nationality.  Nevertheless, the African country holds an aesthetic civilization; a community of nobility and honor where even the mighty strength of governments don’t shadow value and principles. It’s something one doesn’t see very much in today’s world, at least, in most western parts of it. It shows even the, seemingly, weakest countries are truly the strongest through their virtues and respect for themselves and others. Because strength shouldn’t be measured by the amount of money in your pocket, but the amount of character in your heart.

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Source(s):

http://geert-hofstede.com/dimensions.html

http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/egypt-country-profile.html

http://www.academia.edu/2007411/Identity_in_Egypt_Snapshots_of_the_Egyptian_Youth

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2 thoughts on “Cultural Dimensions of Egypt

  1. Your blog sparks my interest especially because the culture is influenced by religion so much, something I haven’t experienced much of living in the US. A country where there is little to no social mobility as you stated in your blog will make for an interesting marketing situation. There will be a clear upper, middle and lower class that you can target with different marketing strategies and mixes.

  2. ok, now that you have one blog entry under your belt, the feedback is going to focus on improving your (1) analytical skills (refer rubric 6-7), (2) information curating skills and (3) upping your professional blogging skills. Also, meeting assignment deadline is important to earn maximum grade points.

    what i would like to see you play around with as far as professional blogging skills are concerned:
    1. review my feedback for blog entry 1
    1b. navigation in your blog (look at nav bar, menu bar best practices)
    2. organize research info under category/topic
    3. search for key words/phrases that are used to search for youth culture etc. and incorporate those terms
    4. break up the text into smaller chunks.
    5. weave pics into the narrative.

    what i would like to see improve in your analytical skills:
    1. concepts/terms from learning materials are utlized to explain secondary research (and personal experience if any) in the post. For instance, the four components of culture – language, institutions, material and symbolic productions should be clearly indicated ideally in separate paras in the analysis to showcase your in-depth understanding of the concepts.
    2. Avoid making broad general observations. Instead, use examples from your secondary research/direct experience to describe a cultural a concept.
    3. Start looking into the youth culture within the broad general culture of the region.
    4. adopt a professional citation format. for instance, add a live link to hofstede in the post.

    good luck!

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