American Ways: A Guide for Foreigners in the United States, by Gary Althen Amanda R. Doran Susan J. Szmania

By Gary Althen Amanda R. Doran Susan J. Szmania

Touring to the US quickly? If the idea of prolonged publicity between americans turns out daunting, allow American methods: A advisor for Foreigners within the usa assist you arrange. during this revised version, Gary Althen has extra fabric to supply the clearest insights but into the yankee psyche and tradition, together with the rewritten bankruptcy methods of Reasoning, which supplies one of many best-organized and clearest displays of yankee proposal procedures thus far, and a brand new bankruptcy on race and ethnic kinfolk that compares how overseas viewers and americans alike understand American subcultures. inside of so much chapters Althen has incorporated a brand new part, feedback for international viewers, including one other functional measurement to the publication. American methods covers the entire uncomplicated wishes of the international scholar or businessperson, masking the developments and customs of daily actions like using, purchasing and verbal and nonverbal verbal exchange in addition to the extra esoteric customs relating to cultural values, politics, schooling, faith and male-female relationships. As a entire creation to American tradition, American methods will arrange you for dwelling, learning and dealing in the United States. it is that little tiny stuff which can impact how humans get along....[T]here are plenty and plenty of varied [cues] on an underlying, unstated level.-Gary Althen Althen supplies suggestion to overseas viewers to the U.S. that's meant to aid them comprehend the motivations, attitudes, communique kinds, and activities of american citizens. Emphasizing the translation of saw habit, he covers methods of reasoning and American rules approximately politics, relations lifestyles, schooling, faith, the media, social relationships, racial and ethnic range, male-female relationships, activities and game, using, purchasing, own hygiene, and organizational and public habit. Over-generalization is an comprehensible threat in any such paintings as this, yet Althen does take some time to stress that there are diversifications between american citizens, whereas he concentrates at the similarities.-Book information ContentsPreface to the second one EditionAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I: common rules approximately American Culture1 American Values and Assumptions 2 The Communicative sort of Americans3 methods of Reasoning4 alterations in CustomsPart II: particular facets of yank Life5 Politics6 relations Life7 Education8 Religion9 The Media10 Social Relationships11 Racial and Ethnic Diversity12 Male-Female Relationships13 activities and Recreation14 Driving15 Shopping16 own Hygiene17 Getting issues Done18 habit in Public Places19 Studying20 BusinessPart III: dealing with Cultural Differences21 a few precious Ideas22 actions for studying approximately American CultureConclusionBibliographyAbout the writer

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Notice that the values and assumptions discussed below overlap with and support each other. In general, they agree with each other. They fit together. A culture can be viewed as a collection of values and assumptions that go together to shape the way a group of people perceives and relates to the world around them. Individualism, Freedom, Competitiveness, and Privacy Individualism The most important thing to understand about Americans is probably their devotion to individualism. They are trained from very early in their lives to consider themselves as separate individuals who are responsible for their own situations in life and their own destinies.

Chapter 3 is about how Americans reason and think about things. Chapter 4, the last in Part I, addresses American customs. 1 Chapter 1 ✰ ✰ ✰ American Values and Assumptions As people grow up, they learn certain values and assumptions from their parents and other relatives, their teachers, books, newspapers, television programs, the Internet, and a variety of other sources. Values and assumptions are closely related, but there are some differences between them. The ways in which different cultures approach the issue of appropriate roles for men and women provide a good example of the relationship between values and assumptions.

Booker T. Washington, a famous nineteenth-century African American educator, is one example; the blind and deaf author and lecturer, Helen Keller, is another. • Many Americans do not display the degree of respect for their parents that people in more traditional or family-oriented societies commonly do. From their point of view, being born to particular parents was a sort of historical or biological accident. The parents fulfill their responsibilities to the children while the children are young, but when the children have reached “the age of independence,” the close child-parent tie is loosened, occasionally even broken.

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