If I wanted to get a very detailed, nitty-gritty analysis of a culture, say, Turkish, or Swedish, with a discussion of how people in this culture think and act, is there a reference material summarizing this? In the same way a grammar of a language presents the details of how the language works, has the same been done for cultures? For example, for a stranger or newcomer in China, there are so many things about day to day interaction that would be profitable to know, which one usually learns just from experience. (Guanxi, keeping face, etc.) Such as, what are people's expectations, in social interactions? Does this culture strongly favour punctuality or not? Do people communicate directly or indirectly? What are some of the common behavioural, broadly understood conventions? For example, in Iran there is a system of etiquette people know called "taarof".

Is there any reference material which analyzes how people in a culture think, act, behave and communicate, and presents such a detailed analysis to a reader?

Thank you.

  • $\begingroup$ In academic circles, this is called Ethnography. This is a sub-field of anthropology and social science. $\endgroup$ – Arnon Weinberg Nov 7 at 22:45

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