This book looks at the movements of immigrants and refugees and the challenges they face as they cross cultural boundaries and strive to build a new life in an unfamiliar place. It focuses on the psychological dynamic underpinning of their adaptation process, how their internal conditions change over time, the role of their ethnic and personal backgrounds, and of the conditions of the host environment affecting the process. Addressing these and related issues, the author presents a comprehensive theory, or a "big picture,"of the cross-cultural adaptation phenomenon.

Practical Insights

Practical insights

When the skies grow dark, the stars begin to shine.

Charles Austin Beard

In the midst of winter, I found there was within me, an invincible summer.

Albert Camus, Summer, 1954

In the end, the viability of any theory about cross-cultural adaptation rests on the very reality to which it is directed, that is, the unfolding of experiences and accompanying changes in the individuals who, at this very moment and in all corners of the world, are striving to forge new lives away from familiar ground. There is no denying that cross-cultural adaptation does occur in these individuals as they struggle with the continual challenges of new learning. The theory presented in this volume affirms this reality. It recognizes that most people possess the drive and ...

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