American Ways: A Cultural Guide to the United States of by Gary Althen

By Gary Althen

Whether you are a businessperson starting to paintings within the usa or a overseas pupil vacationing for a semester, this re-creation of American Ways may also help you navigate America's diversified and altering tradition. From the deep-seated attitudes that mark the yank personality to customs and daily actions, American methods explores the tapestry of the country's lifestyles, offering valuable info on cultural values, politics, schooling, faith, and relationships.

In this revised version, Gary Althen and Janet Bennett have extra fabric that displays a few of the vital alterations that experience happened during the last decade. This version positive aspects new fabric on American politics, reflecting the influence of the Bush management in addition to the election of the nation's first black president, and an up to date bankruptcy at the results of social networking websites on assembly humans and developing friendships.

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And, like people elsewhere, they do what they are taught. No wonder that the high unemployment rate marking a financial recession causes a high incidence of mental health problems among Americans. DIRECTNESS AND ASSERTIVENESS Americans, as we’ve said before, generally consider themselves to be frank, open, and direct in their dealings with other people. “Let’s lay our cards on the table,” they say. ” These and many other common expressions convey the American’s general idea that people should explicitly state what they think and what they want from other people.

Formal education is not just for young people. It’s for everyone. Many postsecondary students are adults who seek to “improve themselves” or to change careers by learning more or earning a degree. Newspaper articles at graduation time often feature grandmothers or grandfathers who have returned to school late in life and earned a college diploma. Educational institutions offer online courses, night and weekend classes, and correspondence courses so that people who have fulltime jobs or who live far from a college or university have the opportunity to get more education.

Hacking” into computer systems to obtain information about other people is illegal. 11 A M E R I C A N WA Y S Americans’ attitudes about privacy can be difficult for people from other countries to understand. For example, Americans will often give visitors a tour of their house, including the bedrooms, which people from many other places consider private. They may speak quite openly, even to strangers, about personal or family problems that would be kept confidential elsewhere. Yet, in Americans’ minds, there are boundaries that other people are simply not supposed to cross.

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