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Exploring Culture

By Gert Jan Hofstede,Paul B. Pedersen,Geert Hofstede
  • ISBN Code: : 0585485909
  • Publisher : Nicholas Brealey
  • Pages : 228
  • Category : Social Science
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A masterpiece in intercultural training! Exploring Culture brings Geert Hofstede's five dimensions of national culture to life. Gert Jan Hofstede and his co-authors Paul Pedersen and Geert Hofstede introduce synthetic cultures, the ten "pure" cultural types derived from the extremes of the five dimensions. The result is a playful book of practice that is firmly rooted in theory. Part light, part serious, but always thought-provoking, this unique book approaches training through the three-part process of building awareness, knowledge, and skills. It leads the reader through the first two components with more than 75 activities, dialogues, stories, and incidents. The Synthetic Culture Laboratory and two full simulations fulfill the skill-building component. Exploring Culture is suitable for students, trainers, coaches and educators. It can be used for individual study or as a text, and it serves as an excellent partner to Geert Hofstede's popular Cultures and Organizations.

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  • Category : Education
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Teachers of Chinese as a foreign language in many international contexts are searching for pedagogic solutions to promote effective learning. Models of innovative and successful approaches are urgently needed. This volume presents a collection of compelling and empirically rich research studies that showcases innovative developments in the practice of teaching Chinese as a foreign language. The studies focus on three interrelated areas: learners, teachers, and applications of new technologies. Specifically, the studies explore methods for fostering learner-centred classrooms, autonomous learners, intercultural learning, the role of teacher views and identities, the nature of a ‘middle ground’ approach, and technologies that accommodate the unique aspects of the Chinese language, with new options for mobile and interactive learners. Providing both inspiration and practical models for language practitioners and researchers, it offers a vital resource for teachers’ professional development, and for pre-service teacher education.

Exploring the Influence of Personal Values and Cultures in the Workplace

By Nedelko, Zlatko,Brzozowski, Maciej
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  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Book Code : 1522524819
  • Total of Pages : 458
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 537
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The shifting influence of growing organizational cultures and individual standards has caused significant changes to modern organizations. By creating a better understanding of these influences, the quality of organizations can be improved. Exploring the Influence of Personal Values and Cultures in the Workplace is a pivotal reference source for the latest research on how culture and personal values shape and influence employees’ actions, behaviors, and leadership styles. Featuring extensive coverage on relevant areas such as psychological health, career management, and job satisfaction, this publication is an ideal resource for practitioners, professionals, managers, and researchers seeking innovative perspectives on the impact of personal values and cultures in the workplace.

"Cape of German Hopes". Exploring German culture in Cape Town

By Anna Sacco
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  • Publisher : GRIN Verlag
  • Book Code : 3656663440
  • Total of Pages : 47
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 659
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Master's Thesis from the year 2011 in the subject Communications - Movies and Television, grade: 75, University of Cape Town (Centre for Film and Media Studies), language: English, abstract: Documentary film, in the words of Linda Williams, always has the receding goal of finding “some form of truth”. Yet documentary film as an art also blurs the notions of fact and fiction and runs the risk to construct reality rather than merely show it. This dissertation paper is a Reflective Essay supporting the documentary film 'Cape of German Hopes' and aims, with special references from the director's and editor's perspective, to back up the documentary by explaining more in depth about the motivation, goals and achievements of the film. The documentary is a journey that explores life experiences of German families and people of German heritage who settled in Cape Town. It uncovers how they seek to find a balance between their cultural heritage and the culture they are living in. In selected scenes, the paper illustrates how the protagonists on the one hand open up to the South African culture, but on the other still manage to keep their typical 'Germanness'. As migration increases around the world, the studies of its cultural consequences concern more and more people. Exploring cultural aspects of other social groups implies dealing with anthropological terms like identity, transnationalism and acculturation. But it is difficult to define, what shows itself only in full play. Consequently, the documentary film wants to serve not only the German community in Cape Town, but also function as a blueprint for other immigration groups living all over the world.

Exploring Japanese Culture: Not Inscrutable After All

By Nicos Rossides
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  • Publisher : Troubador Publishing Ltd
  • Book Code : 1838595708
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Travel
  • Members : 551
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Book Short Summary:

A fascinating insight into Japanese life and society from an author who knows the country extraordinarily well. An understanding of that most elusive of concepts: “Japanese-ness.” The author brings a detachment, from being an outsider, to dissect the country’s society and culture

Exploring Screen Culture via Apple's Mobile Devices

By Charles Soukup
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  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Book Code : 1498539610
  • Total of Pages : 132
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 316
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This book explores the role of mobile technologies in everyday life via the extended case study of Apple’s mobile operating system (iOS) for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. It is relevant to researchers/scholars as well as students interested in finding tools for making sense of their complicated media-saturated social world.

Environmentalism and Cultural Theory

By Kay Milton
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1134821077
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 816
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Book Short Summary:

The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in the attention paid by social scientists to environmental issues, and a gradual acknowledgement, in the wider community, of the role of social science in the public debate on sustainability. At the same time, the concept of `culture', once the property of anthropologists has gained wide currency among social scientist. These trends have taken place against a growing perception, among specialist and public, of the global nature of contemporary issues. This book shows how an understanding of culture can throw light on the way environmental issues are perceived and interpreted, both by local communities and within the contemporary global arena. Taking an anthropological approach the book examines the relationship between human culture and human ecology, and considers how a cultural approach to the study of environmental issues differs from other established approaches in social science. This book adds significantly to our understanding of environmentalism as a contemporary phenomenon, by demonstrating the distinctive contribution of social and cultural anthropology to the environmental debate. It will be of particular interest to students and researchers in the fields of social science and the environment.

Environmentalism and Cultural Theory

By Kay Milton
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1134821069
  • Total of Pages : 243
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 117
  • Pdf File: environmentalism-and-cultural-theory.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in the attention paid by social scientists to environmental issues, and a gradual acknowledgement, in the wider community, of the role of social science in the public debate on sustainability. At the same time, the concept of `culture', once the property of anthropologists has gained wide currency among social scientist. These trends have taken place against a growing perception, among specialist and public, of the global nature of contemporary issues. This book shows how an understanding of culture can throw light on the way environmental issues are perceived and interpreted, both by local communities and within the contemporary global arena. Taking an anthropological approach the book examines the relationship between human culture and human ecology, and considers how a cultural approach to the study of environmental issues differs from other established approaches in social science. This book adds significantly to our understanding of environmentalism as a contemporary phenomenon, by demonstrating the distinctive contribution of social and cultural anthropology to the environmental debate. It will be of particular interest to students and researchers in the fields of social science and the environment.

Cyberpunk Culture and Psychology

By Anna McFarlane
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1000424669
  • Total of Pages : 180
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 656
  • Pdf File: cyberpunk-culture-and-psychology.pdf

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This book traces developments in cyberpunk culture through a close engagement with the novels of the ‘godfather of cyberpunk’, William Gibson. Connecting his relational model of ‘gestalt’ psychology and imagery with that of the posthuman networked identities found in cyberpunk, the author draws out relations with key cultural moments of the last 40 years: postmodernism, posthumanism, 9/11, and the Anthropocene. By identifying cyberpunk ways of seeing with cyberpunk ways of being, the author shows how a visual style is crucial to cyberpunk on a philosophical level, as well as on an aesthetic level. Tracing a trajectory over Gibson’s work that brings him from an emphasis on the visual that elevates the human over posthuman entities to a perspective based on touch, a truly posthuman understanding of humans as networked with their environments, she argues for connections between the visual and the posthuman that have not been explored elsewhere, and that have implications for future work in posthumanism and the arts. Proposing an innovative model of reading through gestalt psychology, this book will be of key importance to scholars and students in the medical humanities, posthumanism, literary and cultural studies, dystopian and utopian studies, and psychology.

International Management

By Elizabeth Christopher
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  • Publisher : Kogan Page Publishers
  • Book Code : 0749465298
  • Total of Pages : 408
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 120
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Book Short Summary:

Winner of the Management and Leadership Textbook category at the CMI Management Book of the Year Awards 2013/14, International Management explores management opportunities in encounters across the world between national, organizational, political, professional and social cultures. It is soundly based theoretically and supported with real-life international examples from contemporary events and situations, exploring contemporary and historical material to provide insights for today's managers who find themselves dealing with diversity and difference. From a historical perspective and a uniquely cross-disciplinary approach, Elizabeth Christopher identifies the major leadership styles that continue to characterise people across regions, nations, communities and organisations, within groups and as individuals. International Management is a practical and comprehensive textbook for successful negotiation in a world rich not only in cultural diversity but also in convergence. It also covers the ethical, moral and environmental ramifications of business today and the corporate leaders who are learning to manage their businesses across nations and continents, not only profitably but in ways that contribute to societies overall through economic, environmental and social action. International Management is an indispensable guide for students and practitioners to key issues of cross-cultural management, suitable to accompany online or private studies, or a teaching unit within professional and university graduate studies of international management.

Culture and the Politics of Welfare

By J. Hudson,N. Jo,A. Keung
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 113745749X
  • Total of Pages : 130
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 947
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Book Short Summary:

This text offers an in-depth examination of the influence of culture on welfare states. It suggests new ways in which cross-national differences in culture might be measured and, using a range of approaches, utilizes these measures to explore the role culture plays in shaping differences in social policy frameworks across high income countries.