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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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