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Shuang Liu

20Cross-cultural adaptation: An identity approach

Abstract: This chapter addresses the questions of how immigrants and sojourners search and negotiate identities in the host culture context and how different identity negotiation strategies are related to their cross-cultural adaptation experiences. It critically reviews theories of identity and identity negotiation from the perspectives of social psychology, sociology, and communication. Emphasis is given to context, which influences cross-cultural adaptation outcomes. Identity negotiation takes place within the context of both intra- and intergroup relations; and context can exert strong influence on the choice of strategies that immigrants choose to simultaneously navigate through ...

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