ERIC Number: ED368586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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Spain Is Different.
Ames, Helen Wattley
This book focuses on the culture and the people of Spain. The document discusses ways in which these differ from the culture and people now dominant in the western hemisphere. The book explores the different histories through which two peoples have lived and the distinctive values they hold. Their perceptions and expectations of each other are examined. Different ways of thinking, acting, and interacting in both social and work situations are explained. Examples are given of how words and actions of a person from one culture impress, frustrate, motivate, or embarrass someone from the other. Points of potential conflict are anticipated, and specific guidelines are offered to help ensure mutual understanding and cooperation. A map of Spain in included. The first section discusses Spain, its regional differences, language diversity, political and social changes since 1975, relationship with Latin America, and relationship with Europe. The next section of this chapter discusses the historical, military, and political relationship between Spain and the United States. The chapter on the individual and society compares the role of individualism, outward conformity, and family between Spain and the United States. Groups and communities, class, and the city and neighborhood are discussed as are attitudes toward society. The section on relationships discusses friendship patterns and sex roles. Individual chapters deal with language and communication, work, social life, and vacations. A list of resources and a glossary of Spanish terms are included. (DK)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Differences, Foreign Countries, Geography, International Educational Exchange, Mass Instruction, Spanish Culture, Travel
Intercultural Press, Inc., P.O. Box 700, Yarmouth, ME 04096 ($12.95 each; shipping: $2 for the first book and $0.50 for each additional book).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom; Books
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Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
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