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Mentality and thought; north, south, east and west.


Mentality and thought; north, south, east and west.

Ed. by Per Durst-Andersen and Elsebeth Lange.

Copenhagen Business School Pr.


247 pages




Arising out of a conference on mentality held at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark in December 2007, this collection of 13 papers is presented by the editors (both affiliated with Copenhagen Business School) in pursuit of two goals: "first, to show how the concept of mentality has been understood and treated in a historical context and how it may be treated in a present and globalized context; secondly, how mentality and thought parameters manifest themselves in various regions and countries of the world, and how and why language may play a crucial role in the formation of these parameters." The papers are organized in sections that address historical conceptualizations of mentality; Vedic Indian and Indo-European understandings of mentality; concepts of regional mentality in the Anglophone world, the Arab world, Latin America, and the Francophone world; and national mentalities in Denmark, Germany, Spain, the United States, China, and Germany. The approaches to the topic of mentality are diverse, with papers discussing topics ranging from the cultural fingerprints of national weather forecasts to the mentality of utopian discourses. Distributed in the US by ISBS.

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