Personal Adaptations to Cultural Change: International Students Responses to Cultural and Interactional Challenges
JAI Press, Inc.
Perspectives on Social Problems
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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.