Cultural traits and multidisciplinary dialogue

In Understanding cultural traits. A multidisciplinary perspective on cultural diversity. Switzerland: Springer. pp. 1-20 (2016)

Every discipline poses its research questions in specific ways and thus uses concepts that are suited to find answers in its well defined disciplinary frameworks. Accordingly, the idea of cultural trait has been used and developed in several disciplines, often without any reference to each other. The result has often been non-communicability across different fields. We first show, by means of two examples, that the lack of deep interdisciplinary dialogue and reciprocal understanding has generated some harsh controversies. We argue that our book Understanding Cultural Traits: A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Cultural Diversity tries to overcome not only the gap between cultural traits specialists and other scientists, but also the barriers among the researchers who are not specialists on cultural traits but that nevertheless directly or indirectly use cultural traits in their different disciplines.
Keywords Synthesis  Interdisciplinarity  Scientific concepts  Conceptual analysis  Cultural traits
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