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This new edition of Intercultural Interactions presents a fully updated set of training materials which have been developed to form the basis of a variety of cross-cultural orientation programmes. These materials are based on the assumption that there are commonalities, or similar personal experiences, when people live and work in cultures other than their own. More comprehensive in scope than its predecessor, the Second Edition also contains a practical new user's guide, and its expanded coverage draws readers in with more vivid scenarios and examples reflecting changing world events and social milieu.

The Bases of Cultural Differences
The bases of cultural differences

Confrontation with myriad differences is common to all extensive inter-cultural interactions, especially in highly diverse, multicultural nations such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and Great Britain. Similarly, as the world becomes more globally interconnected, the potential for increased intercultural interactions between and among many different groups significantly increases. Clearly, it is impossible to prepare individuals for every conceivable difference they may encounter, even in a long training program devoted to one specific culture. What can be done is to provide a framework for understanding the kinds of interactions and responses that might potentially occur, as we have attempted to do in the essays in Chapters 11 and 12 (Barna, 1994; Brislin & Yoshida, 1994a, 1994b). ...

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