The French/American Divide

A Listmania! list by Victoria Ferauge (Versailles, France)
The list author says: "There are a lot of romance novels out there about "Anglo-Saxons' moving to and living in France. It can make those of us who are long-term residents a little queasy. France is a wonderful country but integration/assimilation is hard. I believe that there are some particular points of difference between US and French culture that can cause real conflict for American immigrants and spouses in French/American marriages. Here are a few books that I found very useful because they go deep into those cultural differences."
Cultural Misunderstandings: The French-American Experience
1.  Cultural Misunderstandings: The French-American Experience by Carol Volk
The list author says:
  "The author tackles some of the most sensitive topics that cause real tension between French and Americans. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on Americans’ attitude toward money and her suggestion that the French have very similar feelings about sex."
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French and Americans: The Other Shore
2.  French and Americans: The Other Shore by Pascal Baudry
The list author says:
  "M. Baudry has a doctorate in psychology and the book explores what he thinks are the foundations of our cultural programming. His description of what happens between a mother and child in a typical American playground versus what happens in the French equivalent is, from my experience 100% dead on."
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Beyond Culture
3.  Beyond Culture by Edward Twitchell Hall
The list author says:
  "Very good book that proposes a model for how to approach and interpret another culture. For example, Hall talks about high-context (French) and low-context (English) culture. No value judgements on his part – both are fine – but you navigate differently depending on which one find yourself dealing with. He makes a good case for his belief that French and Japanese cultures have a lot in common."
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Sacrés Français ! : Un américain nous regarde
4.  Sacrés Français ! : Un américain nous regarde by Ted Stanger
The list author says:
  "his is the book I loan to my French friends and colleagues when I am being bombarded with questions about why Americans think this or that. It has very astute observations about French versus U.S. culture."
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Victoria Ferauge (Versailles, France)
Qualifications: US citizen living in France for nearly 20 years
Last updated: 3/31/11
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