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American ways : a guide for foreigners in the United States

Author: Gary Althen; Amanda R Doran; Susan J Szmania
Publisher: Yarmouth, Me. : Intercultural Press, 2003.
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Althen, Gary.
American ways.
Yarmouth, Me. : Intercultural Press, 2003
(DLC) 2002032741
(OCoLC)50441078
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Althen; Amanda R Doran; Susan J Szmania
ISBN: 0585434409 9780585434407
OCLC Number: 51395791
Description: 1 online resource (xxxii, 295 pages)
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Preface to the Second Edition --
Acknowledgments --
Introducion --
On Understanding --
How Much Generalizing Is Acceptable? --
On Asking 'Why?" --
How Americans See Themselves --
How Americans See Foreigners --
On Describing Americans --
Part I. General Ideas about American Culture --
Chapter 1: American Values and Assumptions --
Individualism, Freedom, Competitiveness, and Privacy --
Equality --
AMERICAN WAYS --
Informality --
The Future, Change, and Progress --
Goodness of Humanity --
Time --
Achievement, Action, Work, and Materialism --
Directness and Assertiveness --
Chapter 2: The Communicative Style of Americans --
Preferred Discussion Topics --
Favorite Forms of Interaction --
Depth of Involvement Sought --
Channels Preferred --
Level of Meaning Emphasized --
Chapter 3: Ways of Reasoning --
The Context --
The Point --
The Organization --
The Evidence --
The Cause --
Chapter 4: Differences in Customs --
Part II Specific Aspects of American Life --
Chapter 5: Politics --
The Rule of Law --
The Ideal of Compromise --
Politics Apart --
Chapter 6: Family Life --
What Foreigners Notice --
The Changing Family --
Raising Children --
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors --
Chapter 7: Education --
Guiding Ideals --
Social Forces Affecting American Education --
Issues Facing American Schools --
Advantages and Disadvantages --
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors --
Chapter 8: Religion --
The General Context --
Religion and Individual Americans --
Exceptions --
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors --
Chapter 9: The Media --
What Is American about the American Media? --
Americans' Views of Their Media --
Misconceptions the Media Promote --
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors --
Chapter 10: Social Relationships --
Meeting New People --
The American Concept of Friendship --
Relationships Prescribed by Roles --
Courtesy, Schedules, Gifts --
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors --
Chapter 11: Racial and Ethnic Diversity --
What Foreign Visitors See --
How Americans View Race and Ethnic Relations --
Austin, Texas: A Case Study --
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors --
Chapter 12: Male-Female Relationships --
Influences on Male-Female Relationships --
Male-Female Relationships in Various Settings --
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors --
Chapter 13: Sports and Recreation --
Sports --
Recreation --
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors --
Chapter 14: Driving --
General Information --
Traffic Laws --
Attitudes about Driving --
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors --
Chapter 15: Shopping --
Advertising --
Pricing --
Customer-Clerk Relationships --
Sales Tactics --
Procedures for Returning and Exchanging --
Private Sales --
Precautions for Shoppers from Abroad --
Chapter 16: Personal Hygiene --
The Basics --
Variations --
Other Issues Concerning Hygiene --
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors --
Chapter 17: Getting Things Done in Organizations --
Misconceptions --
Characteristics of U.S. Organizations --
Suggestions for Dealing with U.S. Organizations --
Chapter 18: Behavior in Public Places --
Rules for Behavior in Public Places --
Communication Behaviors --
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors --
Chapter 19: Studying --
Assumptions Underlying the Higher --
Education System --
Student-Student Relationships --
Student-Professor Relationships --
Roommate Relationships --
Plagiarism --
Suggestions for Foreign Students --
Chapter 20: Business --
Doing Business in the United States --
The Global Economy --
Suggestions for Foreign Businesspeople --
and Future Businesspeople --
Part III Coping with Cultural Differences --
Chapter 21: Some Helpful Ideas --
Expectations --
Personality Characteristics --
Traits and Situations --
Culture Shock and Stages of Adjustment --
D-I-E --
Chapter 22: Activities for Learning about --
American Culture --
Ask Questions --
Learn and Practice Local English --
Take Field Trips --
Talk with Experienced Foreigners --
Keep a Journal --
Learn the Names of Local and Institutional VIPs --
Read, Reflect --
View Yourself as a Teacher --
Conclusion --
Bibliography --
About the Author.
Responsibility: Gary Althen ; with Amanda R. Doran and Susan J. Szmania.
Local System Bib Number:
244348
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