I'm attempting to title a paper I'm writing about the traditions of a certain group of people; and my analysis is focused on what these traditions mean to them, and how they see others interpret their traditions...

I've been trying to come up with a phrase or a word that captures that sentiment, because An Inwards Looking Outwards Analysis of X sounds awkward.

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An outwards looking in analysis could be described as introspective, so you could say an inwards looking out analysis is extrospective.

An extrospective analysis of X

  • This may be true, but I have to say I've never seen the word used anywhere. Is it common in technical publication?
    – user116032
    Feb 4, 2016 at 2:38
  • I haven't seen it in technical publication as such, but I have seen it included on several dictionary sites and there's a topic on Typology Central about extrospection which includes a definition of it in the OP. Feb 4, 2016 at 9:36
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    Both great answers I didn't think of using - but this is the one I went with!
    – Louis93
    Feb 10, 2016 at 1:12

Endogenous attitudes or sentiments of a group of people; as opposed to exogenous ones.

http://escholarship.org/uc/item/79d936s0#page-86 Structures of Sentiment Mapping the Affective Bases of Social Relationships Thesis: by Gervais, Matthew M

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