Seven years after the publication of the first edition, Spain is still different, but it is also changing_modernizing rapidly and participating as an active member of the European Union. The second edition of Spain is Different maintains a focus on the uniqueness of both the Spanish people and their culture and examines what effect differences have on the way Spaniards and Americans relate to and interact with each other. It looks at how Spain has evolved from a travel destination - a source of "sun and cheap wine" - to a dynamic modern society. It 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. The new edition of Spain Is Different features extensively updated and revised sections on women, particularly in the workplace, and has added new sections on minorities and immigrants and on ethics and corruption. This book will be welcomed by anyone looking for clear guidelines on how to be most effective when encountering the people and culture of Spain.
Contents Preface Acknowledgments 1 Spain is Different 2 Society and the Individual 3 Relationships 4 Languages and Communication 5 Work 6 Play Epilogue Resources Glossary
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.
"Helen Wattley-Ames has an excellent sense of the history of both American and Spanish cultures, a key factor in any cross-cultural awareness, and is consistently non-judgemental. Altogether a rewarding read and not only for those who are new to life in Spain." - Roger Bell, www.dialogin.com