Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Educators’ Insights on Culture Shock, Identity and Pedagogy
Chapter 6: Similarities, Contrasts, and Shades
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SIMILARITIES, CONTRASTS, AND SHADES
The most tranquil house, with the most serene inhabitants, living upon the utmost regularity of system, is yet exemplifying infinite diversities.
(Henry Ward Beecher, 1869)
In this chapter, I discuss some of the themes that emerged in the process of bringing the “infinite diversities” within participants’ stories to light. I am concerned, though, that the concept of “theme” might imply a sense of unified wholeness, therefore, in the following sections I look at each of the themes while simultaneously pointing out some of the similarities, contrasts, and shades of meaning that occurred within and between participants’ stories. I also suggest other areas within those themes that require further study in intra- and inter-cultural contexts.
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