Cross-cultural transition can be both amazing and difficult. Transitions Across Cultures presents a practical, easy-to-read overview of major themes that are important for those traveling or moving abroad. Culture, culture shock, transition, factors that intensify the experience, and reentry are all presented conversationally to make these important theoretical insights accessible.
No two travelers have exactly the same transition, and this book is designed to reach across the breadth of experiences. This book has important insights for you whether you are an international business traveler, an expat, a study abroad student, NGO worker, or are deployed abroad for your religious or government organization.
What's more, Transitions Across Cultures is also written for the sponsors, coaches, family, and friends of those transitioning abroad or returning home. It can be very difficult to know how to walk well alongside those who are experiencing these changes, and this book makes it easier to understand the challenges they face.
This book is intentionally concise, intended to be readable on your international flight or in an afternoon at a coffee shop. The revised edition connects the reader to great resources that can help them navigate the rewarding but challenging journey of culture shock and transition. The publisher has also made supporting materials available online.
About the Author
Stephen W. Jones has a diverse disciplinary background including business, intercultural relations, international security, political science, and ministry. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in International Development at the University of Southern Mississippi. Jones is Assistant Professor of International Studies at Crown College in Minnesota, where he teaches International Relations and Intercultural Youth Development. He has led students on learning experiences in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. Jones is a husband, father, professor, and friend.
As a parent of one who lives in another country, I found Transitions Across Cultures to offer insightful analysis of the challenges that face those who live and move between different cultures. - Jan, parent of an expat
This little book is power-punched with practical steps to help the traveler process and integrate new understandings of self and others that could mean the difference between a good experience and a bad one; between making long-lasting and resilient friendships or living with confusing and disappointing connections. - Denise Nebeker, Leadership Coach and cofounder of LeaderCare Online
This book is required reading for all of our study abroad students. They often tell us that they're glad we had them read it--which is rare for students to do!! They refer to it before, during and after their travels. Transitions Across Cultures provides valuable insights for each stage of their journeys. - Darin Mather, VP for Academic Programs, Students International