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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Cultureshock is an event with an international profile, hosted by the entire region and featuring more than 150 events, placing it as a centre for the arts on the world map.
The games - which open at the end of July - will include an arts and entertainment section known as Cultureshock which is organising the Spirit of Friendship Festival alongside.
The seven artists contributing to the exhibition, which opens at Manchester's Whitworth Gallery in June and is part of the Cultureshock Festival, all live and work in the UK but have links with different Commonwealth countries.