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 concept of prolonged publicity between americans turns out daunting, permit American methods: A consultant 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 gives one of many best-organized and clearest shows of yank idea approaches up to now, and a brand new bankruptcy on race and ethnic kinfolk that compares how international viewers and american citizens alike understand American subcultures. inside of so much chapters Althen has incorporated a brand new part, feedback for overseas viewers, including one other sensible measurement to the publication. American methods covers the entire easy wishes of the overseas scholar or businessperson, overlaying the tendencies and customs of daily actions like using, purchasing and verbal and nonverbal communique in addition to the extra esoteric customs concerning cultural values, politics, schooling, faith and male-female relationships. As a accomplished advent to American tradition, American methods will organize you for dwelling, learning and dealing in the United States. it really is that little tiny stuff that could have an effect on how humans get along....[T]here are plenty and many diverse [cues] on an underlying, unstated level.-Gary Althen Althen offers suggestion to international viewers to the U.S. that's meant to assist them comprehend the motivations, attitudes, conversation kinds, and activities of usa citizens. Emphasizing the translation of saw habit, he covers methods of reasoning and American principles approximately politics, kinfolk lifestyles, schooling, faith, the media, social relationships, racial and ethnic variety, male-female relationships, activities and activity, riding, procuring, own hygiene, and organizational and public habit. Over-generalization is an comprehensible probability in this sort of paintings as this, yet Althen does take the time to stress that there are adaptations between american citizens, whereas he concentrates at the similarities.-Book information ContentsPreface to the second one EditionAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I: basic principles approximately American Culture1 American Values and Assumptions 2 The Communicative type of Americans3 methods of Reasoning4 transformations in CustomsPart II: particular points of yankee Life5 Politics6 family members 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 worthwhile Ideas22 actions for studying approximately American CultureConclusionBibliographyAbout the writer

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Competitiveness is less obvious when it is in the minds of people who are persistently comparing themselves with others: who is faster, smarter, richer, better-looking; whose children are the most successful; whose husband is the best provider or the best cook or the best lover; which salesperson sold the most during the past quarter; who earned his first million dollars at the earliest age; and so on. People who are competing with others are essentially alone, trying to maintain their superiority and, implicitly, their separateness from others.

AMERICAN VALUES AND ASSUMPTIONS 21 Voluntarism. It is not just through the actions of governments or other formal bodies that life can be improved but through the actions of citizen volunteers as well. Many international visitors are awed by the array of activities Americans support on a voluntary basis: parent-teacher organizations in elementary and secondary schools, community “service clubs” that raise money for worthy causes, organizations of families that play host to foreign students, “clean-up, paint-up, fix-up” campaigns to beautify communities, organizations working to preserve wilderness areas, and on and on.

When I tell this story to people from other countries, they usually react with disbelief. The idea that a child so young would even have his own money to spend, let alone be expected to decide how to spend it, seems beyond their comprehension. Here is a young child whose own mother is forcing him to make a decision that affects not just his situation at the moment—whether or not to get a hot dog—but that will affect him at some unspecified time in the future, when he will have more money. But when Americans hear this story, they usually understand it perfectly well.

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