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



January 2001 | 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 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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