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Chapter Four Reverse Culture Shock: The Readjustment Process It has been widely acknowledged that there is a gap in research describing the re-entry or re-acculturation processes of various sojour- ner groups following at least six months abroad in an immersion experience (e.g. Kim, 2001; Martin, 1986; Storti, 2001b; Uehara, 1986; Werkman, 1982). The implications of cross-cultural education in distant locations may produce dramatically different experiences with diverse consequences from those exchange students who remain within Europe to a large extent. As neither Europe-based French academic sojourners, nor those who venture further afield to study, feature in empirical studies, the gap is significantly wider. Storti (2001b) among other researchers (e.g. Gaw, 2000; Kim, 2001; Martin, 1986; Sussman, 2001) censures the lacunae in research in the area of re-entry processes, as scholars have focused essentially on the overseas experience. They have produced a voluminous literature on the phenomenon of culture shock, as well as seminars and workshops to ease the process of adjustment in immersion transitions in order to equip sojourners with coping strategies. Storti argues that, although sojourners are generally expected to go home at some stage, the significant process of readjustment in one’s own culture is totally taken for granted. Few returnees expect difficulties in re-adapting to their country of origin. When they have grown up in the familiar culture, there should be no unknown factors to challenge them and family and friends are there to welcome them back to the fold. One only need pick up where one left...
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