Elizabeth Gareis Intercultural Friendship

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Intercultural Friendship

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Elisabeth Gareis breaks new ground in her study of intercultural friendships. She probes the scantily researched subject of friendship to report on the nature of relations between foreigners and Americans in the United States. The approach is descriptive, using data derived from an extensive review of literature, questionnaires and in-depth interviews. Participants in the study were 15 unmarried graduate students from Germany, India, and Taiwan who had been in the U.S. for at least one year. From her study, Gareis concludes that cultural background is much less significant for the successful development of intercultural friendships than might be expected. The investigative results show that other factors play a more important role in developing strong intercultural friendships. These factors include: individual personality, level of confidence, the meaning attached to the concept of friendship, and general cultural expectations. As the only book of its kind to exist in the market, Intercultural Friendships will enlighten students and teachers of intercultural communication classes, counselors working with foreign students, and cross-cultural leaders. It will prove indispensable to foreign students in the U.S. and U.S. citizens working or studying abroad.

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Elizabeth Gareis is Public Service Assistant at the University of Georgia in Athens.

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A valuable contribution to the study of friendship. It will be of interest to foreign students in the United States, to interculturalists, and to a general social science audience.>>>> (Roger Baumgarte American Anthroppologist)

Gareis' study provides an important contribution to this developing area...because of the emphasis on interview data and the richness in these accounts, her results provide insights which can be immediately applied by those working with international students.>>> (Roger Baumgarte)

Gareis' study provides an important contribution to this developing area...because of the emphasis on interview data and the richness in these accounts, her results provide insights which can be immediately applied by those working with international students. (Roger Baumgarte)

A valuable contribution to the study of friendship. It will be of interest to foreign students in the United States, to interculturalists, and to a general social science audience. (Roger Baumgarte American Anthroppologist)

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