Communicating Life and Career Transitions
Immigrant workers’ narratives of work and its nuances in an adopted country offer many hitherto muted, invisible, and/or purposely silenced perspectives. A variety of new and familiar terms – concepts such as career inheritance, aphorisms, cultural adaptation, acculturation, and cultural distance – and culture-specific terms such as ganas and consejos are discussed alongside the inherent struggles of identity construction across borders.
While the contributors represent diversity in co-cultural affiliations, national origin, and immigration experiences encountered both personally and professionally, the stories of immigrants represent an even larger number of countries and cultures.
This volume compels the academic community to acknowledge immigrants as workers whose voices matter and whose sense and processes of meaning-making is nuanced, complex, and multi-dimensional. Immigrant workers’ voices can contribute significantly to the rich growth of research in organizational communication, meanings of work, career studies, cross-cultural management, psychology of work, and work and society.
Chapter Two: Experiencing Cultural Contact at Work: An Exploration of Immigrants’ Perceptions of Work in Finland
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Experiencing Cultural Contact at Work: An Exploration of Immigrants’ Perceptions of Work in Finland
HANNELE VÄLIPAKKA, CHENG ZENG, MALGORZATA LAHTI AND STEPHEN CROUCHER
Cultural adaptation is a paramount concern for researchers, policymakers, organizations, communities, nations, and for individuals in the process of adapting. Scholars have produced a rich body of research on how this process takes place, identified positive and negative effects of the process, and offered alternatives to current adaptation models (e.g., Berry, 1990; Chun & Choi, 2003; Croucher, 2008, 2011; Kim, 2001; Kraidy, 2005; Ye, 2006).
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