Clash!: How to Thrive in a Multicultural World


Who will rule in the twenty-first century: allegedly more disciplined Asians, or allegedly more creative Westerners? Can women rocket up the corporate ladder without knocking off the men? How can poor kids get ahead when schools favor the rich?

As our planet gets smaller, cultural conflicts are becoming fiercer. Rather than lamenting our multicultural worlds, Hazel Rose Markus and Alana Conner reveal how we can leverage our differences to mend the rifts in our workplaces, schools, and relationships, as well as on the global stage.
Provocative, witty, and painstakingly researched, Clash! not only explains who we are, it also envisions who we could become.


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Jessica Woollard ( for the United Kingdom

Camilla Ferrier ( for Arabic World, Bulgaria, China, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy*, Japan, The Netherlands**, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

Jemma McDonagh ( for Baltic States, Brazil, Croatia, Czech Rupublic, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy**, Korea, The Netherlands*, Poland, Romania, Scandinavia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Turkey



Foreign rights sold: Korean to Next Wave Publishing; Portuguese (Brazil only) to Elsevier Editora


Film rights: Gillian MacKenzie (


"This book is a passkey that opens many doors. Using one simple principle, Clash! explains some of the most bedeviling cultural divides in our workplaces and communities. It's mandatory reading for teachers, managers, and parents who want to raise their kids to succeed in a multicultural world." Chip Heath, coauthor of Decisive and Switch


"What a brilliant, eye-opening book! Filled with insight, and based on fascinating original research, Clash! offers a way to understand and break through some of the deepest cultural divides of our time. It's a page-turnerfun, witty, engagingly written." Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother


"Any book that gets props from Amy Chua of “Tiger Mother” fame ... is worth reading to understand the deep cultural conflicts that determine how we raise our kids and who we choose to govern us. This might just be the perfect summer book to read before a family vacation to visit the in-laws." The Washington Post, Innovator's 2013 Summer Reading List: Eight Books to Make You Smarter


"If you fear that cultural, political, and class differences are tearing America apart, read this important book to learn how we can turn some of our differences into strengths." Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind


"Clash! offers deep insights into how our cultures and culture clashes make us who we are, and how that matters for success in the 21st century. Everyone should read this book." Carol S. Dweck, author of Mindset


"In these days of heedless enthusiasm for gene maps and brain scans, Clash! reminds us that human beings are, above all, culture-bearing, culture-sharing, and culture-shaping animals. This thoroughly engaging book shows that to know a person, one must know a culture." Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice and Practical Wisdom


"Better than any book I know, Clash! illuminates the cultural influences in our everyday lives and how they underlie the major identity clashes of our times. This delightfully written book also imparts a better understanding of ourselves." Claude Steele, author of Whistling Vivaldi

"A brilliant and highly accessible exposition of new scientific findings about profound cultural differences. As the world grows smaller and flatter, the wisdom of Clash! will prove essential for effective functioning." Richard E. Nisbett, author of Intelligence and How to Get It


"Finally! An entertaining and scientifically rigorous explanation of how our cultures work on us and how we can work on them. Clash! is a must-read for crafting effective personal change strategies that work within and across most cultures." Philip Zimbardo, author of The Lucifer Effect


"In the conflict of cultures lies, paradoxically, the ability to construct a self with integrity, agility, and the potential to grow in ways previously unimagined. Full of good science and sage advice, Clash! provides the evidence and strength to approach the hard question, "Who am I?" Mahzarin Banaji, author of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People


"In this eye-opening guide to becoming a more complete person in a divided world, difference (ethnic, religious, racial, political, gender) is a virtue. Clash! expresses the biggest idea in cultural psychology of the past three decades." Richard Shweder, author, Why Do Men Barbecue? Recipes for Cultural Psychology


"We all see the daily battles around usliberals versus conservatives, religious conservatives versus the more secular, and so on. This book explains why these battles are so fierce and the sides seem so unwilling to compromise. This fun volume will educate you in remarkable ways, and fundamentally alter the way you understand the world." Ed Diener, coauthor of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth