Deep Culture: The Hidden Challenges of Global Living by Joseph Shaules

By Joseph Shaules

It is a easy advisor to knowing the hidden cultural demanding situations of adapting to existence overseas. Combining intercultural concept with the lived reviews of sojourners, it reports key techniques, introduces a cultural studying version, explains hidden obstacles to intercultural sensitivity, and brings readability to debates approximately globalization and cultural distinction. this can be an important source for sojourners and educators. It provides a transparent version for knowing intercultural model. It makes use of sojourners' studies to demonstrate intercultural studying.

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Rather than redefining or rejecting culture as a useful concept, it may be necessary to go back to the roots of the discovery of culture. Doing this may show us that a principle insight of the first intercultural specialists – becoming aware of the hidden patterns of our own behavior has important lessons to teach us – is being forgotten among specialists just at the time when millions of people are in the position to take advantage of it. The next chapter will look in more detail at what is meant by deep culture and start to look at the kinds of challenges that difference in deep culture creates for sojourners.

How much of it is legit and how much of it is typical Japanese overpoliteness, I don’t know. Regardless of whether we agree with his conclusions, when Jack talks about ‘typical Japanese over-politeness’, he is running into systematic patterns of difference between the values or communication styles he finds in Japan, and what he is more used to as an American. Regardless of our definition of culture it is this systematic difference that constitutes the intercultural learning challenge for those crossing cultural boundaries.

Normally, these deep cultural differences are felt intuitively but there have also been attempts to describe them in systematic ways. This chapter will give an overview of these efforts and try to show how hidden cultural difference can create adaptive challenges for sojourners. Culture as stable frameworks of interpretation In Chapter 1 it was argued that culture is not so much a controlling agent as a way to make sense of the world. In Eun Suk’s case, this implies that she won’t easily be able to determine the rules that govern people’s behavior.

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