Cultural Dimensions of Expatriate Life in the UK

  • by Bill Drake
  • Narrated by Kate Sample
  • 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"A person immersed in their familiar home culture is like a fish swimming in the sea - all is natural, predictable, and exactly as it should be. Only when the fish is taken from the water, or the person from their home culture, does it become clear that everything that was familiar and predictable and safe is gone, and all learning must begin anew."
Cultural Dimensions Press is a small publishing house located in the Texas Hill Country. We are dedicated to publishing high quality, low-cost, practical and useful studies of world cultures.
Our dual focus is not only on what North Americans need to know about the cultures where they plan to travel, live, do business, or work, but also on what North Americans need to know about their own cultural values, beliefs and perspectives. We believe that far too often travel guides and cross-cultural studies are focused almost exclusively on learning about "them", whereas true understanding lies in mastering the dynamics of our own uniquely North American cultural values as they interface with the values of those people whose culture we want to understand.
To achieve this dual purpose, we work hard to interview and draw from the experiences of people from diverse cultural backgrounds as we attempt to outline the pathways to mutual understanding. Nevertheless we want to be clear that we realize that our cultural perspective, however hard we try to avoid obvious biases, will always be "North American – centric". No apologies here - just fair disclosure. Our Cultural Dimensions series are not simply a "nice to know" intellectual exercise; rather, they are designed to be a set of tools that can be used by students and teachers, international business people, professionals, serious travelers and especially for people planning to live as expatriates to become more effective in developing the kinds of relationships that lead to better personal, family, business and professional outcomes.


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Brilliant book and recording-learned a great deal!

If you could sum up Cultural Dimensions of Expatriate Life in the UK in three words, what would they be?

Insightful, Complete, Entertaining.

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I think this is a great listen for anyone headed across the pond to live for a while. I heard some of this before I went, learned much while I was there, but then there is more I missed even in two years in London! Narration in lovely voice with (my view) perfect English accent makes you feel like you are there as you learn about not just what is different, but the heritage of why.

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- Dakota Jean

Unique discussion of the expat experience

As a repatriated North American listening to Cultural Dimensions of Expatriate Life in the UK, I found this audio book enlightening even after the fact. Having the transitions from North American to British culture behind me and having discussed the experience in-depth with many fellow expats, I felt that the author is spot on with his insights into the challenges, surprises, and joys of the expatriate adjustment.

The author takes a unique approach to introducing an expat to the host culture, placing his emphasis on the psychological challenges one will face in the process. The conventional approach to advising expats on acclimating to a new environment, has, in my experience, been overdone. Their predictable offering of practical tips and strategies for functioning in a foreign culture are less helpful and easier to come by than the insights offered in this audio book. While such things as vocabulary differences and unfamiliar conduct in mundane situations are very real, they are not where the challenges lie, in my opinion. They lie in the profound psychological shifts one undergoes in the transition to the host culture and this author acknowledges and addresses both.

Additionally, the narration of the material by a British woman lends great credibility to the content but also imparts a certain reassuring quality which leaves the listener with a sense that all will be manageable in the transition to the new culture.

This book would have helped me tremendously had it been available a decade ago when I found myself transitioning to life in England. The range of emotions and adjustments one makes as an expat are significant and can be confusing as they are experienced. The material offered in this book make sense of these changes and would have made the process so much more enjoyable at the time.

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- patricia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-03-2013
  • Publisher: Cultural Dimensions Press