Salsa: A Taste of Hispanic Culture

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The daily routines, habits, beliefs, and values of the Hispanic culture that create unique human interactions in this society are revealed in this book. The book consists of 26 chapters relating to different themes that collectively provide an understanding of cultural responses. An anecdote is placed at the beginning of each chapter to assist the reader in understanding the more pedagogical information that follows. Reflected in this book is the reality that the Hispanic world covers a vast geographical area, and as such, is a mosaic of ethnic, religious, and historical backgrounds. Examples of diversity—the salsa, the taste of this culture—that makes this culture so unique are illustrated throughout the text. This book has been written with a wide range of readers in mind and will be of use to students on the secondary as well as undergraduate levels, teachers, social workers, and travelers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275961213
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 190
  • Lexile: 1230L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

RAFAEL FALCON is Professor of Spanish in the Foreign Language Department at Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 General Cultural Concepts 1
Ch. 2 Social Traditions 9
Ch. 3 Verbal/Nonverbal Formalities 17
Ch. 4 Nonverbal Communication 25
Ch. 5 Ways to Address People 31
Ch. 6 Family and Household Relationships 41
Ch. 7 Gender Issues and Relationships 47
Ch. 8 Religious Issues 55
Ch. 9 Supernatural and Superstitious Beliefs 61
Ch. 10 Religious Holidays and Activities 65
Ch. 11 Secular Holidays and Special Celebrations 73
Ch. 12 Sports, Pastimes, and Games 77
Ch. 13 Entertainment 85
Ch. 14 Shopping, Economics, and Business 91
Ch. 15 Healthcare Alternatives 101
Ch. 16 Food and Drinks 105
Ch. 17 Mealtimes and Customs 113
Ch. 18 Clothing 117
Ch. 19 City and Town Settings and Ambiance 121
Ch. 20 Building Construction and Lodging Arrangements 125
Ch. 21 Transportation 129
Ch. 22 Communications 133
Ch. 23 Education and Politics 141
Ch. 24 Measurements and Divisions of Time and Space 147
Ch. 25 The Spanish Language 151
Ch. 26 Ethnic Diversity and Contribution 157
Conclusions 161
Glossary 163
Bibliography 167
Index 169
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