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culture shock

A sudden feeling of confusion or surprise when confronted by an unfamiliar situation or cultural environment. It is often a huge culture shock for American women traveling to the Middle East when they are expected to wear head scarves and be accompanied by a man at all times.
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culture shock

A state of confusion and anxiety experienced by someone upon encountering an alien environment. For example, It's not just jet lag-it's the culture shock of being in a new country. This term was first used by social scientists to describe, for example, the experience of a person moving from the country to a big city. It is now used more loosely, as in the example. [Late 1930s]
See also: culture, shock
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The paper therefore explores one site through which the migrant is made subject through their relocation abroad--the GMI where the expatriate is taught what they 'need' to do in encounter through the treatment of culture shock.
perceived that they did or did not experience culture shock.
The cult's ideology precisely parallels the ideology behind Oberg's culture shock model: cultural relativism, cultural determinism and stoicism.
In this stage the manifestations of the "disease" culture shock starts to manifest.
Tenants seeking to relocate from New York City to typical suburban office complexes and campuses in the New York metropolitan area this year usually experience culture shock when they discover that virtually none of the services close at hand to their employees in their former location are readily available in their new location.
While personal and professional obligations or a fear of culture shock keep many of us from living abroad, the lure of moving to a far-off locale still has tremendous appeal.
If they approach other societies with this philosophy, they produce another culture shock.
with massive culture shock and found it impossible to even put words to her experience.
This can be a culture shock to employees, but in reality the system is very intuitive and very easy to use.
Be prepared for a major culture shock -scientists are looking for Britain's most stomach-churning unwashed coffee mug.
I can't predict where the culture shock will occur, but there will be culture shock as these two businesses become one.
Their reaction in their initial encounters with this new population of students was a type of culture shock that blinded them to their own abilities.
So you can really feel for Hon as he struggles with culture shock.
these days, and the left, while used to being marginalized, now faces the additional problem of culture shock.