Spain Is Different

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Spain is Different focuses on the uniqueness of both the Spanish people and their culture and examines what effect differences have on the way Spaniards and Americans relate to and interact with each other. It looks at how Spain has evolved from a travel destination - a source of "sun and cheap wine" - to a dynamic modern society. It depicts a people proud of their accomplishments, yet working hard to maintain valued traditions in the face of increased buying power and more European and American influence. The ...

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Overview

Spain is Different focuses on the uniqueness of both the Spanish people and their culture and examines what effect differences have on the way Spaniards and Americans relate to and interact with each other. It looks at how Spain has evolved from a travel destination - a source of "sun and cheap wine" - to a dynamic modern society. It depicts a people proud of their accomplishments, yet working hard to maintain valued traditions in the face of increased buying power and more European and American influence. The new edition of Spain Is Different features extensively updated and revised sections on women, particularly in the workplace, and has added new sections on minorities and immigrants and on ethics and corruption. This book will be welcomed by anyone looking for clear guidelines on how to be most effective when encountering the people and culture of Spain.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781877864711
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: INTERACT Series
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 850,052
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Wattley-Ames lived in Barcelona, Spain, where she worked at the Instituto de Estudios Norteamericanos and experienced firsthand the interaction of Spaniards and Americans. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, she is fluent in Spanish and received her bachelor's degree in Spanish language and literature at the University of Bristol in England.
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Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
1. Spain Is Different 1
What Is Spain? 1
Spain and Latin America: La Madre Patria 5
Spain and Europe: Africa Begins at the Pyrenees 7
Spain and the United States 10
Encounter 1 Maleducado 21
2. Society and the Individual 23
Family 23
Groups and Communities 28
Attitudes toward Authority 34
Encounter 2 Por Regla General 45
3. Relationships 47
Friendship Patterns 47
Relationships in the Workplace 51
Sex Roles 54
Encounter 3 Desconocido 63
4. Language and Communication 65
Learning Spanish 65
Nonverbal Communication 68
Communication Styles 75
Encounter 4 Ya Me lo Pagara Manana 82
5. Work 83
Attitudes toward Work 84
Work Environment 95
Work Styles 98
Encounter 5 Ir al Grano 107
6. Play 109
The Paradox 109
Holidays and Vacations 111
Social Life 113
Encounter 6 Que Hacemos? 119
Epilogue 121
Resources 123
Glossary 129
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