Analysis Of Sojourners

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Sojourners are individuals who change cultures for a period of time (Sussman, 2002). Sussman discuses sojourners in a fashion that shows how the experience affects emotional and behavioral patterns individuals are not familiar with. She brings to attention that culture is not a definite trait in our DNA, it is something we are taught at a young age. Different places of the world all have unique cultures that seem normal to them. When we experience these types of cultures in longer periods of time, we start to go through changes that can permanently affect us. The main point Sussman gets across is that there are steps when being a sojourner as well as steps to overcome the potential negative outcomes (Sussman, 2002). Describe, in sufficient…show more content…
Sussman uses a step model to explain an overall experience of the sojourner, without discrediting circumstantial differences. Step one of the models talks about individuals obliviousness to cultural identity (Sussman, 2002). For most people it is difficult to asses which of our behavioral choices is attributed to our culture. When sojourners enter a new culture, they tend to find many of the natives behaviors odd. Sussman used the example of Americans saying europeans europeans drive on the wrong side of the road or the lack of personal space in public areas in japan to be weird…show more content…
Disturbances tend to occur upon returning to home (Sussman, 2002). Readjusting to old ways must occur all over again, causing the sojourner to have to reestablish new behaviors. This tends to be difficult and cause the disturbances it does due to the fact that most sojourners are unaware of changes. Step seven talks of the subtractive identity response as well as the additive identity response. Subtractive identity response occurs when sojourners feel less American upon returning home. Additive identity response happens when sojourners have added new cultures
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