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Culture Shock! South Africa : a survival guide to customs and etiquette

Author: Dee Rissik
Publisher: Tarrytown, N.Y. : Marshall Cavendish, 2008.
Series: Culture shock!
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For anyone at risk of culture shock, whether a tourist or a longterm resident, CultureShock! provides a sympathetic and fun-filled crash course on the do's and don'ts in foreign cultures.
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Genre/Form: Guidebooks
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dee Rissik
ISBN: 9780761454168 0761454160
OCLC Number: 154699017
Notes: "A survival guide to customs and etiquette."
Description: ix, 366 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Preface --
Map of South Africa --
1. First impressions : shifting sands --
2. The Land and its history --
The Look --
Where is it? --
A World in one country --
Landownership --
More provinces, bigger cities --
Record of a long road travelled --
The Land of milk and honey --
The Rise of Apartheid --
Black resistance gains strength --
The Decline of Apartheid --
The Desparate battle against HIV/AIDS --
Who's who in politics --
What's in a name? --
Neighbours --
3. Our people : a multicoloured tapestry --
Celebrating our racial differences --
Racism doesn't die overnight --
Cool dudes of the townships, hip mall trawwlers --
Ignorance is bliss, but it's getting better --
That South African-ness --
The Fairer sex --
don't even go there --
Gay and lesbian rights up in lights --
4. A New society : join in, fit in --
Making friends --
The Many faces of communication --
Names that divide ... if you must --
Aspirations --
Attitudes to sex and babies --
HIV/AIDS : our greatest tragedy and our greatest challenge --
Divorce --
Tribal customs --
Male chauvinists --
not a dying breed --
The Great rural-urban divide --
Censorship --
Family planning --
Entertaining --
South African style --
Lifecycle milestones --
Religion --
5. Settle in, make yourself at home --
How things have changed --
Do you have what it takes? --
Pre-immigration advice --
Housing : the practical tips --
Work to rule --
Househelp --
The School system --
The Four-legged love of your life --
Staying connected --
Light up your life --
Banking --
Paying your dues --
Crime watch --
Getting around in the cities and towns --
Getting around from city to city --
Shop till you drop --
Media madness --
Keep cool with a swimming pool --
Be weather wise --
Dressed for success. 6. Culinary crossroads --
Food, food, glorious food --
African dishes --
Where to get that ... --
Eating out : be bold --
Celebrate in style : grand style --
What's there to drink --
Entertaining at home --
7. Join the fun, share in the culture, take a trip --
Leisure --
it's an outdoor world --
Nightlife --
Sport --
Some of our sporting heroes --
Travelling in South Africa --
Survival sense --
Wildlife and environmental management --
And try our neighbours fare --
The Arts --
Annual arts festivals --
not to be missed --
Theatre --
Fine art --
Craft --
Music --
Architecture --
Art, culture and politics --
then and now --
8. Learning the language ... all 11 of them --
Languages aplenty --
colourful and diverse --
African languages --
a complex mixture --
Literacy : a long road to hoe --
Kaleidoscope of colour --
Some words and expressions to help you --
When words fail you ... --
9. About business --
The Wealth ethic --
Making your own way --
Alternative financing --
Gateway to Africa --
High costs of high-tech --
What fuels our economic engine --
Forms of business entities --
Business etiquette and practice --
Outside government --
role of NGOs --
The Power of the workers --
The Old boys' network --
Small is beautiful --
10. Fast facts --
Where in the world are you living --
National symbols --
Public holidays --
Steps through history --
Recent leaders --
Culture quiz --
Do's and don'ts --
Glossary --
Resource guide --
Further reading --
About the authors --
Index.
Series Title: Culture shock!
Responsibility: Dee Rissik.

Abstract:

For anyone at risk of culture shock, whether a tourist or a longterm resident, CultureShock! provides a sympathetic and fun-filled crash course on the do's and don'ts in foreign cultures.

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