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ERIC Number: ED340218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 135
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-933662-85-8
The Art of Crossing Cultures.
Storti, Craig
This guide to adjustment to other cultures is intended for individuals going abroad to live, work, or study or who have contact with expatriates in their own countries. It is written from the perspective that adaptation to the local (foreign) culture is desirable and enhances the experience abroad. The book first looks briefly at some of the difficulties of adjusting to another country, then defines and gives examples of two primary kinds of adjustments travelers must make: (1) to cultural behaviors on the part of members of the host culture; and (2) in their own behaviors that offend or frustrate others. The most common sources of difficulty and maladjustment are chronicled, the reasons that people find other cultures difficult to adjust to are examined, and a technique for adapting successfully is offered. The technique involves acknowledging one's reaction to a situation and becoming aware of expectations associated with that situation. The role of language learning in adjustment to another culture is discussed, and some consequences of acculturation are noted. The final chapter addresses issues in readjustment to the home culture. Many quotations from literary sources about travel abroad are interspersed in the text. A brief appendix consisting entirely of observations that various writers have made about Americans and an annotated list of readings are included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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