Intercultural Marriage: Promises and Pitfalls

Intercultural Marriage: Promises and Pitfalls

by Dugan Romano

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Today we live in a world without borders, a global village. Distance no longer defines who we meet, fall in love with or marry. The Internet and e-mail connect people around the world in seconds. Immigration, study abroad, travel and multinational business have created a thriving cross-cultural community. But the experiences shared across cultures and countries do not always bridge the fundamental differences in beliefs and behaviors that span diverse cultures.

In Intercultural Marriage, Dugan Romano delivers a "reality check" for anyone already in, or contemplating, an intercultural marriage. This insightful book interweaves lessons learned from others and suggests that the joys of an intercultural marriage often result from turning the challenges of crossing cultures into an opportunity for a fulfilling and lasting relationship.

Now in its third edition, Intercultural Marriage examines the impact of cultural differences in marriage and offers practical guidelines on how to deal with the complexities they bring to a partnership. Covering such topics as raising bicultural children, religion, values, male vs. female roles, sex and social class, Romano continues to give voice to hundreds of couples she has interviewed and followed for over a decade.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931930529
Publisher: Quercus
Publication date: 08/18/2008
Edition description: 3rd Edition
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dugan Romano has been a cross-cultural trainer and counselor for fifteen years.

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: What's It All About     xiii
Daring to be Different     1
The Whos and the Whys     3
Phases of Adjustment     17
Food, Friends, and other Frustrations     29
Values     33
Food and Drink     40
Sex     46
Male-Female Roles     52
Time     60
Place of Residence     64
Politics     72
Friends     78
Finances     84
In-Laws     90
Social Class     96
Religion     101
Raising Children     108
Language and Communication     125
Responding to Stress and Conflict     135
Illness and Suffering     140
Ethnocentrism     144
The Expatriate Spouse     148
Coping with Death or Divorce     155
Making Miracles Isn't Easy     159
Types of Intercultural Marriages     161
What about the Promises     168
Factors for Success     172
Before Taking That Big Step     187
Conclusion     198
Practical Legal Considerations     201
Couples in Intercultural Marriage: Promises and Pitfalls     205
Bibliography     207

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