Culture Shock! France / Edition 3

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Overview

Culture Shock! adds two new "At Your Door" city lifestyle guides and one new country guide. The release of more Revised and Expanded Culture Shock! country editions continues with thirty-one now available. With over 1.5 million copies sold worldwide, the Culture Shock! brand name is recognized as the leading reference source for international customs and etiquette.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761454809
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Series: CultureShock! Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Taylor is a foreign correspondent with perches in Paris and in Hong Kong. She is Far Eastern Correspondent for Publishers Weekly.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6
The Gallic Rooster 7
How this book is organized 8
In a Strange Land 16
Stereotypes about the French 17
Your turn to be stereotyped 22
Parlez-Vous Francais?
Non-verbal communication 26
The art of conversation 34
No, the French do not speak English 46
Learning French 50
French Culture & Society 56
The visual arts & the French psyche 56
Politics & society 62
Street fashion 70
French film: C'est du cinema 73
Sex & prostitution 74
Pets 77
Food & Wine 81
Le cafe 81
Restaurant & the food mystique 93
Cuisine & character by region 98
Consuming the French Way 123
The art of shopping 123
Home Life 134
Family & the life cycle in France 134
Being a guest in a French home 141
Friends & neighbors 147
Business in France 153
Money & banking 153
Office & business relationships 157
French law in your life 166
Establishing a business in France 174
Practical Information 177
Giving & getting directions & information 177
Hours 181
Traffic & transportation 184
Pickpockets & the lost & found 189
Public communication services 190
The French telephone 193
Necessities of cleaning up 195
Healthcare & social services 201
Renting an apartment: what to consider 202
Managing your home in France 204
Children & their education 208
Culture Shock in France 210
What is culture? 210
How to develop cultural awareness 218
Going home...can you go home again? 223
Cultural Quiz 226
Do's and Don'ts Appendix 235
Glossary 237
Calendar of Festivals and Holidays 243
Resource Guide 246
Bibliography and Further Reading 264
Author and Contributor 270
Index 271
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