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  • What does it mean to be French in 2020?
  • What does it mean to be French in 2020?
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A Cultural Snapshot of France 2020

How has the #metoo movement reshaped gender roles? Why did a small-scale protest spark mass populist demonstrations? And are dads really sharing the parenting load? This Cultural Snapshot uses local stats and case studies to explore behavioural norms shared by French people in 2020.

Location France

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Culture is notoriously difficult to define. You might know culture when you see it, but could you describe it? For us, culture means the behavioural norms shared by a group of people – the things that are learned socially, rather than inherited genetically. So, culture doesn’t drive the desire to eat, but it plays a big part in determining what food you choose.

It’s also constantly on the move. Some aspects of it move faster than others. Anthropologist Grant McCracken divides it into ‘fast’ and ‘slow’. Slow culture shifts over centuries, while fast culture can change in ...

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