Culture learning theory and globalization: reconceptualizing culture shock for modern cross-cultural sojourners

Pacheco, E.-M. (2020) Culture learning theory and globalization: reconceptualizing culture shock for modern cross-cultural sojourners. New Ideas in Psychology, 58, 100801. (doi: 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2020.100801)

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Culture shock has long been of great concern regarding the wellbeing and mental-health of international sojourners. Over the last three decades, the world has experienced rapid globalization and the introduction of various technologies which have been found to ‘buffer’ the effects of culture shock, yet the conceptualizations concerning the nature, prevalence, and effects of this phenomenon have not been explicitly modernized to suit such a contemporary social landscape. Based on an extensive literature review, particularly concerning the research conducted with international student populations, this paper offers conceptual insight on how the experience of culture shock has evolved in the present information age, and argues modern sojourner experiences are increasingly reflective of culture learning. Specifically, this paper considers exactly how technological advancements have facilitated change in the subjective experience of the psychosocial processes during a cross-cultural immersion. A foundation for future research to explore the mechanisms of culture learning theory is also contributed.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pacheco, Dr Emily-Marie
Creator Roles:
Pacheco, E.-M.Conceptualization, Investigation, Resources, Data curation, Writing – original draft, Writing – review and editing, Visualization, Supervision, Project administration
Authors: Pacheco, E.-M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:New Ideas in Psychology
ISSN (Online):1873-3522
Published Online:04 May 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in New Ideas in Psychology 2020
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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