American Ways: A Cultural Guide to the United States by Gary Althen

By Gary Althen

No matter if you are a international scholar vacationing for a semester or a company individual vacationing for every week, American Ways,Third variation covers your entire simple wishes from the traits and customs of daily actions to the extra esoteric customs relating to cultural values, politics, schooling, faith and relationships. during this revised variation, Gary Althen and Janet Bennett have extra fabric that gives the clearest insights but into the yank psyche and tradition, reflecting a few of the huge adjustments that experience happened because the earlier edition's booklet. Examples contain a rewritten bankruptcy on politics that d iscusses Bush-administration rules and controversies and the election of th e nation's first black president, in addition to an up to date bankruptcy on social rela tionships and the impact that networking websites akin to Twitter and fb ha ve had on assembly humans and developing friendships.

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Formal education is not just for young people. It’s for everyone. Many postsecondary students are adults who seek to “improve themselves” or to change careers by learning more or earning a degree. Newspaper articles at graduation time often feature grandmothers or grandfathers who have returned to school late in life and earned a college diploma. Educational institutions offer online courses, night and weekend classes, and correspondence courses so that people who have fulltime jobs or who live far from a college or university have the opportunity to get more education.

The ideal person is punctual (that is, arrives at the scheduled time for a meeting or event) and is considerate of other people’s time (that is, does not “waste people’s time” with conversation or other activity that has no visible, beneficial outcome). Early in his long and productive career, American anthropologist Edward T. Hall lived and worked on reservations belonging to two Native 19 A M E R I C A N WA Y S American Indian groups, the Navajo and the Hopi. He discovered that the Native American’s notion of time was very different from the one he learned growing up as a European American man.

The Internet provides immediate access to all kinds of information and products. Americans have come to expect instant responses to phone calls, e-mails, text messages, faxes, and other forms of communication. Many quickly 20 American Values and Assumptions become impatient if the responses aren’t immediate, even when there is no apparent urgency. In this context the “fast-food industry” is an excellent example of an American cultural product. McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, and other fast-food establishments prosper in a country where many people want to minimize the amount of time spent preparing and eating meals.

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