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Becoming Intercultural
An Integrative Theory of Communication and Cross-Cultural Adaptation


November 2000 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book looks at the movements of immigrants and refugees and the challenges they face as they cross cultural boundaries and strive to build a new life in an unfamiliar place. It focuses on the psychological dynamic underpinning of their adaptation process, how their internal conditions change over time, the role of their ethnic and personal backgrounds, and of the conditions of the host environment affecting the process. Addressing these and related issues, the author presents a comprehensive theory, or a "big picture," of the cross-cultural adaptation phenomenon.




 
PART ONE: THE BACKGROUND
 
Introduction
 
Existing Approaches to Cross-Cultural Adaptation
 
PART TWO: THE THEORY
 
Organizing Principles
 
The Process of Cross-Cultural Adaptation
 
The Structure of Cross-Cultural Adaptation
 
PART THREE: ELABORATION OF THE THEORY
 
Personal Communication
 
Social Communication
 
Environment
 
Predisposition
 
Intercultural Transformation
 
PART FOUR: THE THEORY AND THE REALITY
 
Research Considerations
 
Practical Insights

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