American Ways A Guide for Foreigners in the United States

ISBN-10: 1877864994
ISBN-13: 9781877864995
Edition: 2nd 2002
Authors: Gary Althen
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Publication date: 10/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

This title seeks to provide insights into the American psyche and character. It looks at American values, assumptions and ways of reasoning to help foreigners to understand the enigmatic Americans. This edition features a new chapter on race and ethnic relations.

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
On Understanding
How Much Generalizing Is Acceptable?
On Asking "Why?"
How Americans See Themselves
How Americans See Foreigners
On Describing Americans
General Ideas about American Culture
American Values and Assumptions
Individualism, Freedom, Competitiveness, and Privacy
Equality
Informality
The Future, Change, and Progress
Goodness of Humanity
Time
Achievement, Action, Work, and Materialism
Directness and Assertiveness
The Communicative Style of Americans
Preferred Discussion Topics
Favorite Forms of Interaction
Depth of Involvement Sought
Channels Preferred
Level of Meaning Emphasized
Ways of Reasoning
The Context
The Point
The Organization
The Evidence
The Cause
Differences in Customs
Specific Aspects of American Life
Politics
The Rule of Law
The Ideal of Compromise
Politics Apart
Family Life
What Foreigners Notice
The Changing Family
Raising Children
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors
Education
Guiding Ideals
Social Forces Affecting American Education
Issues Facing American Schools
Advantages and Disadvantages
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors
Religion
The General Context
Religion and Individual Americans
Exceptions
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors
The Media
What Is American about the American Media?
Americans' Views of Their Media
Misconceptions the Media Promote
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors
Social Relationships
Meeting New People
The American Concept of Friendship
Relationships Prescribed by Roles
Courtesy, Schedules, Gifts
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
What Foreign Visitors See
How Americans View Race and Ethnic Relations
Austin, Texas: A Case Study
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors
Male-Female Relationships
Influences on Male-Female Relationships
Male-Female Relationships in Various Settings
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors
Sports and Recreation
Sports
Recreation
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors
Driving
General Information
Traffic Laws
Attitudes about Driving
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors
Shopping
Advertising
Pricing
Customer-Clerk Relationships
Sales Tactics
Procedures for Returning and Exchanging
Private Sales
Precautions for Shoppers from Abroad
Personal Hygiene
The Basics
Variations
Other Issues Concerning Hygiene
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors
Getting Things Done in Organizations
Misconceptions
Characteristics of U.S. Organizations
Suggestions for Dealing with U.S. Organizations
Behavior in Public Places
Rules for Behavior in Public Places
Communication Behaviors
Suggestions for Foreign Visitors
Studying
Assumptions Underlying the Higher Education System
Student-Student Relationships
Student-Professor Relationships
Roommate Relationships
Plagiarism
Suggestions for Foreign Students
Business
Doing Business in the United States
The Global Economy
Suggestions for Foreign Businesspeople and Future Businesspeople
Coping with Cultural Differences
Some Helpful Ideas
Expectations
Personality Characteristics
Traits and Situations
Culture Shock and Stages of Adjustment
D-I-E
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

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