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Double-Edges of Acculturation from the n-Culturals’ Lens

  • Andre A. PekertiEmail author
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Part of the Springer Series in Emerging Cultural Perspectives in Work, Organizational, and Personnel Studies book series (SSCOW)

Abstract

Being multicultural has advantages and disadvantages. The advantages emanate from the multiple cultural experiences gained and skills developed from these experiences. The disadvantages mostly originate from challenges faced in the process of developing multicultural skills, adjustment processes, and some exogenous factors that are beyond the multiculturals’ control. In this chapter, I discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being multicultural. Due to n-Culturals’ capacity and ability identify with, internalize and maintain saliences of more than two cultures, n-Culturals are presented as the extreme end of the multiculturalism continuum with additional capabilities of maintaining simultaneous multicultural identities and saliences of multicultural frameworks.

Keywords

Bi-cultural Boundary spanning Challenges Cognitive complexity Inclusion Identities Managing Multi-cultural Multicultural skills n-Cultural Optimal Distinctiveness Theory Rejection Social Identity Theory Salience Strategy Switching 

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  1. 1.UQ Business SchoolThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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