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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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(p.165) Conclusion
Intercultural Couples

Jill M. Bystydzienski

NYU Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the major findings of this study and then explores the implications for intercultural understanding and accommodation more generally. Positing a link between interpersonal and structural levels of social behavior and interaction, this chapter argues that the study of achievement of cross-cultural understanding within couple partnerships offers insights to how successful accommodations may occur between different (potentially hostile and unequal) groups. Effective conflict resolution between groups may take place when each of the parties recognizes the boundaries between that which is and is not negotiable, what each group can retain, and what each needs to relinquish. As the United States becomes increasingly multicultural, conceiving of how differences can be negotiated and accommodated without loss and assimilation is crucial.

Keywords:   intercultural understanding, social behavior, social interaction, cross-cultural understanding, conflict resolution, couple partnerships, assimilation

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