Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Fire and Ice

I had a discussion today with my old Environmenal Economics professor, Dr. Joel Bruneau, and one of the things that inevitably came up was differences between Canada and the US. He mentioned this book, Fire and Ice by Michael Adams as indicating that based on analysis of a few large longitudinal surveys of people from both countries, the residents of the respective nations are actually becoming more divergent, rather than more similar as conventional wisdom has suggested. You can take a short version of the survey here - let me know what quadrant you are placed in if you do!

UPDATE: If you're interested, I fall really far down in the lower right corner - idealism and autonomy. Which makes total sense if you know me at all. Apparently, the book indicates that while both Canadians and Americans are moving down (more individiualistic), Canadians tend to move to the right (fulfilment, which in this case often indicates a preference for experiences), while Americans are moving down and to the left (survivial, which places more importance on "stuff").

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At 5:20 PM, Blogger Scott McC said...

I fall really far down in the lower right corner - idealism and autonomy. Apparently, the book indicates that while both Canadians and Americans are moving down (more individiualistic), Canadians tend to move to the right (fulfilment, which in this case often indicates a preference for experiences), while Americans are moving down and to the left (survivial, which places more importance on "stuff").

 

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