Title

Personal Adaptations to Cultural Change: International Students Responses to Cultural and Interactional Challenges

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

1999

Publisher

JAI Press, Inc.

Source Publication

Perspectives on Social Problems

Original Item ID

1047-0905

Abstract

Individuals who experience a sudden shift in the cultural and structural context of their everyday lives face a number of challenges, which require substantial behav­ioral and self-presentational adaptations. Based on an analysis of focused inter­view and participant observation data, this paper examines the interactional experiences of international students at a Midwestern university, including the cultural and interactional challenges they encounter and the strategies they employ in response to these challenges. International students' challenges and strategies are compared with those of others who have experienced sudden shifts in social context, and examined in terms of their implications for participants' identities.

Comments

Perspectives on Social Problems, Vol. 11 (1999): 317-342. Publisher link.