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Intercultural CouplesCrossing Boundaries, Negotiating Difference$
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Jill M. Bystydzienski

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814799789

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814799789.001.0001

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Accommodating Differences

Accommodating Differences

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Intercultural Couples

Jill M. Bystydzienski

NYU Press

This chapter examines strategies of accommodation. Economic class differences and related cultural expectations in particular are a source of tension for more than half of the couples in this study. External pressures especially in regard to racial and religious differences can bear down on the partnerships. The majority of couples do not find cultural differences to cause significant conflict between the partners; some struggle, however, with what they perceive to be fundamental dissimilarities of cultural upbringing. Thus, the chapter looks at the strategies that the partners develop to manage and resolve conflict, particularly those disagreements stemming from class and cultural differences in such areas as financial issues and family relations. Also of interest are gender differences in communication related to the development of accommodation strategies, and the shared values and commitments of the partners that allow them to transcend social group boundaries.

Keywords:   accommodation strategies, economic class differences, cultural expectations, cultural differences, social group boundaries, conflict resolution

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