EIRP Proceedings, Vol 7 (2012)

Culture Shock Triggered by More or Less Cultural Actants

Constantin Frosin


Culture shock results from losing our familiar signs and symbols. These signs include so many ways to approach (to) the situations of daily life: when to shake hands, when and how to give tips, (…), how to make purchases, when to accept or refuse invitations, when to take statements seriously and when not. That may be words, gestures, facial expressions, customs or norms acquired during our growing up and are part of our culture. Our success and efficiency depend on it. As one who travelled a lot across Europe, I observed some cultural shocks who affected me directly, that is why I present and analyze them here, in order to avoid any inconveniences of the kind to my students or colleagues. 


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