culture shock

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culture shock

the disruption ofone's normal social perspectives (own society, subculture, membership groups) as the result of confrontation with an unfamiliar or alien culture. While culture shock can be psychologically unsettling and troublesome to individuals (as when violently removed from their own society or when this has been undermined by outside intervention), it can also be liberating, leading to a new depth of understanding of sociologically significant relationships. It is in this latter context that sociology and anthropology often pride themselves in providing an element of culture shock for new students of their disciplines. See also STRANGER.
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