SOCI1513 Lecture Notes - Lecture 24: Culture Shock

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Lecture 24
Culture shock is the personal disorientation a person may
feel when experiencing an unfamiliar way of life due to
immigration or a visit to a new country, or to a move
between social environments.
One of the most common causes of culture shock
involves individuals in a foreign country.
There is no true way to entirely prevent culture shock, as
individuals in any society are personally affected by
cultural contrasts differently.
Culture shock can be described as consisting of at least
one of four distinct phases: honeymoon, negotiation,
adjustment, and mastery.
During the honeymoon phase, the differences between
the old and new culture are seen in a romantic light.
During the first few weeks, most people are fascinated by
the new culture.
They associate with nationals who speak their language,
and who are polite to the foreigners.
This period is full of observations and new discoveries.
Like most honeymoon periods, this stage eventually
ends.
Differences between the old and new culture become
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