Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships. Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include * customs, values, and traditions * historical, religious, and political background * life at home * leisure, social, and cultural life * eating and drinking * do's, don'ts, and taboos * business practices * communication, spoken and unspoken
Charlotte J. DeWitt
DeWitt, Charlotte J.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As a swede, I read this book for my enjoyment. I downloaded it along with other culture guide books to get a feel for how accurate a general description of another culture might be. And though I imagine a great deal of the advise might be helpful, such as the removal of shoes upon entering swedih homes, large parts of the way swedish culture is described comes with strange political bias which would not be helpful to swallow without scrutiny. For example, the book critizises swedish unions "strangelhold" on workplaces and how it affects swedes. This is a political opinion, and not how most swedes would describe the situation. It is, however, the political opinion of a part of the (swedish) liberal right. For those familiar with swedish political landscape, it is clear that those opinions are not mainstream in Sweden and thus not very representative of the country.
When I read the book I get the impression that the author has spent a lot of time with rather insular groups...
This book is full of subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) digs at the Swedish welfare state and Swedish "liberal" culture. The goal of a travel writer should be to be even-handed in her treatment of other cultures, even if the culture has practices she doesn't agree with. This book is as even-handed as Fox News is "fair and balanced."
It also displays a frustrating lack of nuance. A trait or tendency that is noteworthy or perhaps fairly common becomes a property that is universally exemplified.
It's not without useful information, but I recommend the Culture Shock book on Sweden rather than this book.
This is a fascinating book with great insights into Sweden's culture. Our daughter married a young man from Sweden and we wanted to learn as much about the culture of his homeland and this book has been very helpful and an interesting read.
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