Clash! gives a simple explanation of why cultures collide and what everyone can do about it. We first reveal that underlying many of the 21st century’s fiercest conflicts is a single root cause: the clash between independence and interdependence.
Each of us has an independent, individual, and in-control side of our self, and an interdependent, relational, and conforming side. Depending on our cultural backgrounds, though, we use one side more than the other. The collision of independence and interdependence ignites not only everyday clashes between genders, races, and social classes, but also larger conflicts between regions, religions, and nations.
We aren’t doomed to squabbling over our differences, however. Instead, our book demonstrates how we can use both independence and interdependence to bridge cultural divides and to understand our own selves better.