9781877864711

Spain Is Different

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  • ISBN13:

    9781877864711

  • ISBN10:

    1877864714

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-03-01
  • Publisher: Quercus

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Summary

Seven years after the publication of the first edition, Spain is still different, but it is changing, too -- modernizing rapidly and participating as an active member of the European Union. While thoroughly updating her original work, Helen Wattley-Ames has maintained her focus in describing the uniqueness of both the Spanish people and their culture and on examining what effect the differences have on the way Spaniards and Americans relate to and interact with each other. She looks at how Spain has evolved from a travel destination, as source of "sun and cheap wine," to a dynamic modern society. She depicts a people proud of their accomplishments, yet working hard to maintain valued traditions in the face of increased buying power and more European and American influence.

Author Biography

Helen Wattley-Ames lived in Barcelona, Spain, where she worked at the Instituto de Estudios Norteamericanos and experienced firsthand the interaction of Spaniards and Americans. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, she is fluent in Spanish and received her bachelor's degree in Spanish language and literature at the University of Bristol in England

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Spain Is Different
1(22)
What Is Spain?
1(4)
Spain and Latin America La Madre Patria
5(2)
Spain and Europe: Africa Begins at the Pyrenees
7(3)
Spain and the United States
10(11)
Encounter One: Maleducado
21(2)
Society and the Individual
23(24)
Family
23(5)
Groups and Communities
28(6)
Attitudes toward Authority
34(11)
Encounter Two: Por Regla General
45(2)
Relationships
47(18)
Friendship Patterns
47(4)
Relationships in the Workplace
51(3)
Sex Roles
54(9)
Encounter Three: Desconocido
63(2)
Language and Communication
65(18)
Learning Spanish
65(3)
Nonverbal Communication
68(7)
Communication Styles
75(7)
Encounter Four: Ya Me lo Pagara Manana
82(1)
Work
83(26)
Attitudes toward Work
84(11)
Work Environment
95(3)
Work Styles
98(9)
Encounter Five: Ir al Grano
107(2)
Play
109(12)
The Paradox
109(2)
Holidays and Vacations
111(2)
Social Life
113(6)
Encounter Six: ¿Que Hacemos?
119(2)
Epilogue 121(2)
Resources 123(6)
Glossary 129

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