— [http://goo.gl/0R5TFh] In Richard Hill’s book "We Europeans" (1995), the French are described as ‘the inquisitive individualists’, the Germans as ‘the methodical mystics’, the Spanish as ‘the egocentric egalitarians’, the Dutch as ‘the democratic dogmatists’, the Swedes as ‘the rational realists’, and so on.
The concept of ‘culture’, as used in anthropology and related ﬁelds, has been under continual and mounting criticism for several decades. Anna Wierzbicka argues that while this concept needs indeed to be scrutinized and problematized, we are nonetheless much better off with it than without it. By rejecting it, we would jeopardize, in particular, the vital interests of immigrants, refugees and other crossers of cultural boundaries, who need to learn about cultural differences to be able to ﬂourish, or even survive (socially), in a new environment –
•  Wierzbick, Anna (2005), Australian National University. In Defense of ‘Culture’ Article. Theory & Psychology. Sage Publications. Vol. 15(4): 575–597 DOI: 10.1177/0959354305054752. 2005. Print.