Bibliography: Students' Guide

 

An Introductory Guide to Intercultural Books for Study Abroad Students

 

The field of intercultural communication has a vast literature. So do the fields of cross-cultural training and international adaptation. All three areas offer perspectives that can be of great value in helping prepare students to effectively study abroad. The bibliographies that follow are offered as samples of basic background readings for those students who might wish to explore these topics further. There has been an explosion of resources recently and we have tried to include the latest materials as well as the older "classics." Those especially relevant to study abroad students are noted by a star (*). We encourage students to browse at least some of this material before beginning their international journeys of discovery.

 

More Interesting Places to Continue Learning and Exploring Before You Go

Angelou, M. All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes. New York: Random House (Vintage Books paperback), 1991. Angelou joins a community of black Americans in Ghana. She explores what it means to be an African-American on the "mother continent" where color no longer matters but "American-ness" asserts itself.

Axtell, R. E. Do’s and Taboos Around the World. Elmsford, New York, Benjamin Company, Inc., 1985.

Axtell, R. E. Gestures: The Do's and Taboos of Body Language Around the World. New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1997.

Hall, E. T. Beyond Culture. New York, NY: Anchor Books, 1977.

*Hall. E. T. The Hidden Dimension. New York, NY: Anchor Books, 1990.

Hall, E. T. & M. R. Hall. Understanding Cultural Differences: Germans, French, and Americans. Yarmouth ME: Intercultural Press. Inc.,1990.

*Hess, J. D. Studying Abroad/Learning Abroad. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1997.

*Kohls, L. Robert. Survival Kit for Overseas Living: For Americans Planning to Live and Work Abroad. 4th ed. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press/Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2001.

Morrison, Terri., and Wayne A. Conaway. Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: The Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in More than 60 Countries. Cincinnati, OH: Adams Media, 2006.

*Paige, R. M., et.al. Maximizing Study Abroad: A Student's Guide to Strategies for Language and Culture Learning and Use. Minneapolis, MI: Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), University of Minnesota, 2002.

*Stewart, E. C., and M. J. Bennett. American Cultural Patterns: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1991.

*Storti, C. The Art of Crossing Cultures. 2nd ed. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 2001.

*Storti, C. Cross-Cultural Dialogues: 74 Brief Encounters with Cultural Difference. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1994.

Storti, C. Old World/New World - Bridging Cultural Differences; Britain, France, Germany and the U.S. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 2001.

 

Ten Good Places to Continue Learning About Reentry

Austin, C. N. Cross-Cultural Re-Entry; A Book of Readings. Abilene TX: Abilene Christian University, 1986.

Hess, J. D. The Whole World Guide to Culture Learning. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1994.

Holm, B. Coming Home Crazy. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 1990.

Kauffman, N. L., J. N. Martin and H. D. Weaver with J. Weaver. Students Abroad—Strangers at Home: Education for a Global Society. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1992.

*Kepets, D. Back in the USA: Reflecting on your study abroad experience and putting it to work. Washington, DC: NAFSA Association of International Educators, 1995.

*Peace Corps. Peace Corps Odyssey: The Voyage Home. Washington, DC: Peace Corps Returned Volunteer Services, Office of Domestic Programs, 1997.

Smith, C. D. (Ed.). Strangers at Home: Essays on the Effects of Living Overseas and Coming "Home" to a Strange Land. Bayside, NY: Aletheia Publications, 1996.

*Storti, C. The Art of Coming Home. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1997.

*Ward, C., S. Bochner, & A. Furnham. The Psychology of Culture Shock, 2nd. ed.  East Sussex, Great Britain: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2001. Chapter 7 (Sojourners: International students) deals with the study abroad and international educational exchange groups both in terms of adjustment abroad and upon return home.

 

Note to Global Nomads

If you are in the process of returning to America to attend a US college you might want to look at the following book. It offers practical advice on making the transition to college life in the US as well as information that a Global Nomad might usefully apply when considering study abroad.

*Quick,Tina L. The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transitions. Easton on the Hill, Stamford Lincolnshire, England: Summer Time Publishing, 2010.

 

Some Good Places to Continue Learning About Reentry

Hess, J. D. The Whole World Guide to Culture Learning. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1994.

Holm, B. Coming Home Crazy. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 1990. Humorous account of the adventures of an American professor teaching in China and his reactions upon returning to the mid-West.

Kauffman, N. L., J. N. Martin and H. D. Weaver with J. Weaver. Students Abroad—Strangers at Home: Education for a Global Society. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1992.

*Kepets, D. Back in the USA: Reflecting on your study abroad experience and putting it to work. Washington, DC: NAFSA Association of International Educators, 1995.

*Peace Corps. Peace Corps Odyssey: The Voyage Home. Washington, DC: Peace Corps Returned Volunteer Services, Office of Domestic Programs, 1997.

Smith, C. D. (Ed.). Strangers at Home: Essays on the Effects of Living Overseas and Coming "Home" to a Strange Land. Bayside, NY: Aletheia Publications, 1996.

*Storti, C. The Art of Coming Home. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1997.

 

General Intercultural Communication and Training Bibliography

The following materials, listed alphabetically by author, collective offer a overview of: the field of intercultural communication; cross-cultural training techniques from a variety of perspectives or culture-general materials potentially useful to help US American students preparing to cross cultural boundaries and/or return home.

Adler, N. J. International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior. 4th ed. Cincinnati, OH: South-Western, 2002.

Althen, G., ed. Learning Across Cultures. Washington, DC: NAFSA, 1994.

Axtell, Roger E., ed. Do's and Taboo's Around the World. 3rd ed. 1993.

Axtell, Roger E., ed. Gestures: The Do's and Taboos of Body Language Around the World

*Bennett, M. J., ed. Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication: Selected Readings. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1998.

*Brislin, R. W. Understanding Culture's Influence on Behavior. 2nd ed. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt College Publishers, 2000.

Calloway, T. C., P. J. Cooper, and C. Blake. Intercultural Communication: Roots & Routes. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon, 1999.

Chisholm, L. A. and H. A. Berry. Understanding the Education – and Through It The Culture – in Education Abroad. New York, N.Y: Partnership for Service Learning, 2002.

Cushner, K., and R. W. Brislin. Intercultural Interactions: A Practical Guide. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1996.

Denny, M. Going Home: A Workbook for Reentry and Professional Integration. Washington, DC: NAFSA: Association of International Educators, 1987. Although written for international students returning home after study abroad, US-Americans returning home from abroad can learn much from the workbook.

Gannon, M. J. Working Across Cultures: Applications and Exercises. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2001.

*Grove, C. Orientation Handbook for Youth Exchange Programs. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1989. Although out-of-print this excellent book may be found in larger libraries.

Gudykunst, W. B. Bridging Differences: Effective Intergroup Communication. 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1998.

Gudykunst, W. B., and Y. Y. Kim, eds. Readings on Communicating with Strangers. New York, NY: McGraw, 1992.

Gudykunst, W. B., and Y. Y. Kim. Communicating with Strangers: An Approach to Intercultural Communication. 3rd ed. Boston, MA: McGraw Hill, 1997.

Gudykunst, W. B., and B. Mody, eds. Handbook of International and Intercultural Communication. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2002.

Gudykunst, W. B., S. Ting-Toomey, and T. Nishida, eds. Communication in Personal Relationships Across Cultures. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1996.

Guirdham, M. Communicating Across Cultures. London, U.K.: Macmillan, 1999.

*Hall, E. T. Beyond Culture. New York, NY: Doubleday, 1981.

Harris, P. R., and R. T. Moran. Managing Cultural Differences. 5th ed. Houston, TX: Gulf, 2000.

Hofstede, G. Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1997.

Hofstede, G. Culture's Consequences: Comparing Values, Behaviors, Institutions, and Organizations Across Nations. 2nd ed. Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 2001. 

Jandt, F. E. Intercultural Communication: An Introduction. 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2001.

Kim, Y. Y. Becoming Intercultural: An Integrative Theory of Communication and Cross-Cultural Adaptation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2001.

Klopf, D. W. Intercultural Encounters: The Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication. 5th ed. Englewood, CO: Morton, 2001.

Lantis, Jeffrey S. and Jessica DuPlaga.  The Global Classroom: An Essential Guide to Study Abroad, 10th ed. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2010.

Lewis, Richard D. Cross–Cultural Communications:A Visual Approach. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1999.

Lewis, Tom J., & Robert E. Jungman, eds. On Being Foreign: Culture Shock in Short Fiction. (An International Anthology.) Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1986.

Loflin, Stephen E. Adventures Abroad: The Studentʼs Guide to Studying Overseas. New York, NY: Kaplan, 2007.

*Lustig, M., and J. Koester. Intercultural Competence: Interpersonal Communication Across Cultures. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Longman, 1999.

*Nolan, R. W. Communicating and Adapting Across Culture; Living and Working in the Global Village. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey, 1999.

Peace Corps. The Voyage Home: A Book On Re-Entry, Readjustment, And Reverse Culture Shock For Returning Peace Corps Volunteers. Washington, D.C.: Returned Volunteer Services, 1997.

*Paige, R. M., ed. Education for the Intercultural Experience. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1993.

*Paige, R. M., Cohen, A., & Shively, R.. Maximizing study abroad: A students’ guide to strategies for language and culture learning and use. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2002.

Saphiere, D. Hofner, B. Kappler Mikk, & B. Ibrahim DeVries, Communication Highwire: Leveraging the Power of Diverse Communication Styles. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 2005.

Samovar, L., and R. Porter. Communication Between Cultures. 4th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2001.

Samovar, L., and R. Porter, Eds. Intercultural Communication: A Reader. 10th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2003.

Spradley, James P., and Michael A. Rynkiewich. The Nacirema: Readings on American Culture. Boston, MA: Little, Brown,1975. Interesting set of anthropological perspectives on US-American (Nacirema) culture as it might be described by people not familiar with the society.

*Storti, C. Old World/New World: Bridging Cultural Differences: Britain, France, Germany and the U.S. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 2001.

*Storti, C. The Art of Crossing Cultures. 2nd ed. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 2001.

*Slimbach, R.. Becoming world wise: A guide to global learning. Sterling, Virginia: Stylus, 2010.

Ting-Toomey, S. Communicating Across Cultures. New York, NY: Guilford, 1999.

Ting-Toomey, S., and W. B. Gudykunst. Communication in Personal Relationships Across Cultures. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1996.

Ting-Toomey, S., and J. G. Oetzel. Managing Intercultural Conflict Effectively. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2001.

Ting-Toomey, S. The Challenge of Facework: Cross-Cultural and Interpersonal Issues. New York, NY: State University of New York Press, 1994.

Triandis, H. C. Culture and Social Behavior. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1994.

Triandis, H. C. Individualism and Collectivism. Boulder, CO: Westview, 1995.

Trompenaars, F., and C. Hampden-Turner. Riding the Waves of Culture: Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business. 2nd ed. New York, NY: McGraw Hill, 1998.

Vulpe, T., D. Kealey, D. Protheroe, and D. MacDonald. A Profile of the Interculturally Effective Person. 2nd ed. Quebec, Canada: Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Centre for Intercultural Learning, 2001.

Weaver, G. R., ed. Culture, Communication and Conflict: Readings in Intercultural Relations. Rev., 2nd ed. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Williamson, Wendy Study. Abroad 101, 2nd. Ed.. Greenville, SC: Agapy Publishing. 2010

 

American Culture from "Foreign" Perspectives

The following four books are designed to explain why contrasting cultural patterns can cause conflict and misunderstanding. Two focus on explicating US American culture, workplace behavior and values to outsiders (Althen & Storti, 2004). One (Storti 1999) attempts to explain non-American cultural responses to Americans and DeVita (1993) provides short essays by foreigners living in America. Each can also be read to understand better why some aspects of American culture can seem quite bizarre to non-Americans. All are useful to anticipate ‘outsiders’ perspectives and reactions to practices Americans generally consider ‘normal’ and ‘desirable’. Helps explain why simply ‘being ones self’ overseas can result in negative responses towards us because local conceptions of correct behavior abroad can be diametrically opposed to our familiar cultural patterns.

Althen, G. American Ways: A Guide for Foreigners in the United States. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1988. Although written for primarily for international sojourners, this is an excellent and accessible description of US-American cultural patterns from which US-Americans can also learn a great deal.

DeVita, P.R. & Armstrong, J.D., Eds Yang, H. Distant Mirrors: America as a Foreign Culture. Belmont, California: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1993. This collection offers short accounts of foreigners’ experiences living in America, comparing their home country culture with the US.

 *Storti, C.. Figuring Foreigners Out: A Practical Guide. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1999.

Storti, C.. Americans at Work: A Guide to the Can-Do People. Yarmouth, ME: Nicholas Brealey (Intercultural Press), 2004.
Although this book is designed to explain US American workplace behavior and values to outsiders, it can also be read to understand why some aspects of American culture can seem quite bizarre to non-Americans.

 

-revised January 2012

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