Cultural Analysis

NOTE: see also cultural adaptation

What Is a Culture?

Gordon, Robert C. “The Silent Language Every Missionary Must Learn.” Evangelical Missions Quarterly 9:4 (Summer 1973): 230-36.
Sanneh, Lamin. “The Gospel, Language and Culture: The Theological Method in Cultural Analysis.” International Review of Mission 84:332/333 (January/April 1995): 47-64.


Culture Matters: The Peace Corps Cross-Cultural Workbook EXCELLENT!
“Designed for Peace Corps Volunteers, this practical, hands-on guide is also a rich and useful resource for students who want to look into their own culture and become more understanding of people of other cultures.”

Building Bridges: A Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural Understanding
“The booklet provides short, adaptable lesson plans and activities that build cross-cultural awareness, respect, and communication in your classroom. Lessons are flexible, easy to use, and standards-based. The introduction explains more about the purpose of the book, its audience (grades 6–12), the terms used, the standards addressed, and more. [note for kids, but still very good even for adults]

Unit I: Culture in the United States
Introducing Culture
Features of Culture
Defining Culture
Culture Is Like an Iceberg

Unit II: Culture Beyond the United States
On Being Seen as Different
Generalizations: How Accurate Are They?
Interpreting Behavior: Expanding Our Point of View
Resolving a Cross-Cultural Misunderstanding
Seeing Both Sides of an Issue
A Fundamental of Culture: Cultural Context
Brief Encounters
Window Into Another Culture

Looking at Ourselves and Others (for kids)
“Looking at Ourselves and Others contains lesson plans, activities, and readings that help students understand components of their own culture and leads them to appreciate and understand differences between their culture and that of others.”

Part 1: Defining Culture

Introduction to Part 1: Defining Culture
Everyone Has a Culture—Everyone Is Different (All grades)
The Iceberg (All grades)
The Multicultural Person (Grades 3–5)
Cuisine and Etiquette (Grades 3–5)
Chatter (Grades 6–9)
Where I Come From (Grades 6–9)
Brief Encounters (Grades 10–12)
Becoming Part of the Community (Grades 10–12)

Part 2: Developing Global Perspectives

Introduction to Part 2: Global Perspectives
First Impressions (Grades 3–5)
The Blind Men and the Elephant (Grades 3–5)
Opposites (Grades 3–5)
Is That a Fact? (Grades 6–9)
How Accurate Is It? (Grades 6–9)
Good News/Bad News/Who Cares? (Grades 6–9)
Beauty (Grades 10–12)
Perspectives on Paraguay (Grades 10–12)

Brown, Ina C. Understanding Other Cultures. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1963.
Cornes, Alan(2004). Culture from the Inside Out : Travel and Meet Yourself Intercultural Press.
Gullestrup, Hans Cultural Analysis: Towards Cross Cultural Understanding (Mar 2007)
Hall, E. T. (1959). The Silent Language. New York NY: Anchor/Doubleday.
Hall, E. T. (1976, 1981). Beyond Culture. New York, NY: Anchor/Doubleday.
Hall, E. T. The Dance of Life. Anchor Books, New York 1983
Hall, E. T. The Hidden Dimension. Anchor Books, New York 1982
Hall, E. T., & Hall, M. R. (1990). Understanding Cultural Differences. Intercultural Press.
Henderson, George , Dorscine, Ph.D. Spigner-Littles, and Virginia Hall A Practitioner’s Guide to Understanding Indigenous And Foreign Cultures: An Analysis of Relationships Between Ethnicity, Social Class And Therapeutic Intervention Strategies , (Jun 2006)
Hess, J. Daniel Whole World Guide to Culture LearningHess offers a thorough and substantive introduction to the ideas which provide the framework for culture learning along with extensive practical guidelines on how to extract the desired learning from the cross-cultural experience.” (Amazon)
Hofstede, Gert Jan, Paul B. Pederson, & Geert Hofstede Exploring Culture : Exercises, Stories and Synthetic Cultures Intercultural Press
Kim, Y. Y. (2001). Becoming intercultural. An Integrated Theory Of Communication And Cross-Cultural Adaptation. Sage Publications, Inc.
Kohls, Robert L. (2001). Survival Kit for Overseas Living (4th ed). Nicholas Brealey Publishing.
Magala, S. Cross-Cultural Competence (Oct 21, 2005)
Marx, Elisabeth (1999) Breaking Through Culture Shock: What You Need to Succeed in International Business, Nicholas Brealey Publishing.
Olofsson, Gwyneth (2004). When in Rome, Or Rio, Or Riyadh…: Cultural Q&A’s for Successful Business Behavior Around the World. Intercultural Press.
Peterson, Brooks Cultural Intelligence: A Guide to Working with People from Other Cultures
Shuy, David M. and Roger W. Smith Sociolinguistics in Cross-Cultural Analysis (1972)
Storti, C. (1990). The Art of Crossing Cultures. Intercultural Press.
Storti, Craig. Figuring Foreigners Out. Intercultural Press.
van de Vijver, Fons and Kwok Leung Methods and Data Analysis for Cross-Cultural Research (Cross Cultural Psychology) (Feb 4, 1997)
van de Vijver, Fons J.R. , Dianne A. van Hemert, and Ype H. Poortinga Multilevel Analysis of Individuals and Cultures (Jan 25, 2008)

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