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Culture Shock

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Kalervo Oberg first described culture shock as the anxiety and frustration resulting from the inability to interpret and create meaningful communication cues in a new culture. Culture shock may be the result of a temporary (or permanent) social or geographic change, such as study abroad; international business; military deployment; diplomatic, mission, or volunteer worker trip; or even a domestic move to a new region. People who engage in these types of relocations are called sojourners. Depending on the type ...

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