Culture Matters: The Peace Corps Cross-cultural Workbook

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Peace Corps Information Collection and Exchange, 1997 - Cross-cultural orientation - 256 pages
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This workbook serves as a map to guide Peace Corps trainees through their cross-cultural experience and as a record of thoughts and feelings as they live and work in their host country. The workbook examines the behaviors and values of people in the host country in relation to those of the people in the trainees' native country; it does not intend to suggest that American culture is superior or inferior to the host country's culture. The workbook covers the following fundamentals of culture: the concept of self, personal versus societal obligations, the concept of time, the locus of control, and comparing American and host country views. Following an introduction, the workbook contains the following chapters: (1) "Understanding Culture"; (2) "American Culture and American Diversity"; (3) "Styles of Communication"; (4) "Culture in the Workplace"; (5) "Social Relationships"; and (6) "Adjusting to a New Culture." Appendixes contain information on using cultural informants, joining in, keeping a journal, learning from the media and the arts, critical incidents, and studying an institution. Answers to chapter questions are also provided. (BT)

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Contents

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FUNDAMENTALS o CULTURENTRODUCTlON
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CHAPTER Two
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CHAPTER FOURCULTURE m THE WORKPLACE
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CHAPTER FvESocA RE ATousHPs
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FUNDAMENTALS or Cu TuRE
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APPENDlXCONIlNUING YouR LEARNING
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ANSWERS
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