Essay on Culture and Cultural Adaptation

908 Words Dec 17th, 2010 4 Pages
To what extent are you convinced by Tange’s (2005) position regarding cultural adaptation?
It is widely known that in the period of globalization more and more people face the issue of intercultural communication. Communication for two people from different cultures is very challenging to some extent. The notion of culture is very sophisticated. In addition, many studies have been conducted which indicate that every person to some degree experiences ‘culture shock’. Culture shock itself depends on several factors, namely the distance between cultures, type of personality and previous experiences in intercultural communication. This essay considers the work of Danish teacher of intercultural communication Hanne Tange (Tange
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Therefore it does not give an opportunity to replicate the study with different conditions.
Also it may be the case that the nationality of the interviewer and interviewees may have affected the validity of the data, because of the interviews has took place in Denmark, and with native interviewer, so element of biased may have been introduced.
Despite the weaknesses, there are some strong points, which have to be taken into consideration. Firstly, from a perspective of samples, the range of chosen persons in terms of their diversity is quite persuasive. There were people with different backgrounds, occupation, and immigrant experience (3). It can be seen that in Lysgaard’s model there is merely representatives of education, namely students. Therefore, his model could be unable to make an objective and impartial appraisal of person’s adaptation process.
Another example of Tange’s strength is that she aware of the ‘blurred boundaries’ in her model, in other words, it is not usually clear when one stage of the acculturation process is ends and another starts. In this case it occurs between the second stage, which is a culture shock, and the third, the acculturation phase (6). Furthermore, her points are supported with persuasive evidences and examples where appropriate. For example, she claims that cultural values are not permanent and gives consistent example of how Scottish immigrant, George noticed how his stand point concerning gender relations is

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