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American Ways A Cultural Guide to the United States of America

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ISBN-10: 0984247173

ISBN-13: 9780984247172

Edition: 3rd 2011

Authors: Gary Althern, Janet Bennett

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Publication date: 4/14/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 326
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.05" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Preface to the Third Edition
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
The Future, Change, and Progress
Goodness of Humanity
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
Variations in Customs
U.S. Americans and Their Customs
Customary Behaviors
Specific Aspects of American Life
The Rule of Law
The Ideal of Compromise
Politics Apart
Fundamental Fault Lines in American Politics
Suggestions for International Visitors
Family Life
What Foreigners Notice
The Changing Family
Suggestions for International Visitors
Guiding Ideals
Social Forces Affecting American Education
Issues Facing American Schools
Advantages and Disadvantages
Suggestions for International Visitors
The General Context
Religion and Individual Americans
Suggestions for International Visitors
The Media
What Is American About the American Media?
Americans' Views of Their Media
Misconceptions the Media Promote
Suggestions for International Visitors
Social Relationships
Meeting New People
The American Concept of Friendship
Relationships Prescribed by Roles
Courtesy, Schedules, Gifts
Suggestions for International Visitors
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
What International Visitors See
How Americans View Race and Ethnic Relations
Suggestions for International Visitors
Male-Female Relationships
Influences on Male-Female Relationships
Male-Female Relationships in Various Settings
Suggestions for International Visitors
Sports and Recreation
Suggestions for International Visitors
General Information
Traffic Laws
Attitudes About Driving
Suggestions for International Visitors
Customer-Clerk Relationships
Sales Tactics
Procedures for Returning and Exchanging
Private Sales
Precautions for Shoppers from Abroad
Personal Hygiene
The Basics
Other Issues Concerning Hygiene
Suggestions for International Visitors
Getting Things Done in Organizations
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 International Visitors
Assumptions Underlying the Higher Education System
Student-Student Relationships
Student-Professor Relationships
Roommate Relationships
Suggestions for International Students
Doing Business in the United States
The Global Economy
Suggestions for International Businesspeople
Cultural Underpinnings
Political Ramifications
Suggestions for International Visitors
Coping with Cultural Differences
Some Helpful Ideas
Intercultural Competence
Personality Characteristics
Traits and Situations
Culture Shock and Stages of Adjustment
Activities for Learning About American Culture
Ask Questions
Learn and Practice Local English
Take Field Trips
Talk with Experienced Expatriates
Keep a Journal
Learn the Names of Local and Institutional VIPs
Read, Reflect
View Yourself as a Teacher
References and Suggested Readings
American Culture
Intercultural Relations
Readings for Students
Readings for Business and Professional People
English-as-a-Foreign-Language Texts
About the Authors