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Feature | March 13, 2020

To Survive the Coronavirus the United States Must Tighten Up its Culture

By Michele Gelfand (Minerva)

Minerva-funded researcher, Michele Gelfand (University of Maryland) discusses the loose culture of the United States in comparison to other countries who have a more “tight” society and how that affects the response to COVID-19. In a loose culture like the United States’s, people are simply not use to tightly coordinating their social action toward a common goal and, compared with other nations, we’re more ambivalent about sacrificing our freedom for strict rules that constrain our choices.