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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey America; Revised Edition edition (September 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781857885255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857885255
  • ASIN: 1857885252
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As an adult TCK, I have long wrestled with how I fit into this world. This book is the 'bible' for anyone who wants to understand the blessings and the curses of growing up multiculturally."
Wm. Paul Young, author of the #1 New York Times Best Seller The Shack

"I called the first edition of Third Culture Kids 'absolutely brilliant'. This revised edition continues to earn that acclaim. It's a powerhouse of a book through which readers growing up 'among worlds'--and their parents and the professionals responsible for their care and teaching--become able to take leadership of the challenges and opportunities presented by such a rick and complex childhood."
Barbara F. Schaetti, Ph.D., Transition Dynamics, second generation dual national Adult TCK and lead author of Making a World of Difference



"Because Third Culture Kids have been exposed to other cultures in significant ways and have experienced multiple transitions while growing up, it's in their DNA to thrive within the pace and nature of globalization. This book is a must to understand the challenges TCKs face and the unique skills they can leverage as global leaders."
Katrina Burris, Ph.D., CEO of MKB Conseil & Coaching and author of Global Nomadic Leaders: How to Identify, Attract, and Retain.


"In today's globalized and highly mobile world, the lessons to be learned from this new edition of Third Culture Kids transcend mere cultural enlightenment about a unique group of individuals growing up between worlds. This book is timelier than ever, and should be essential reading for parents anywhere in the world raising cross-cultural children."
Robin Pascoe, author of Raising Global Nomads; Parenting Abroad in an On-Demand World


Growing up as a TCK has been a gift and has significantly shaped my life and work. As I interact with world leaders one day and with those living in refugee camps the next, I continually draw upon my experience of living among different cultures. I am delighted to see the lessons learned from the traditional TCK experience live on in this new edition of 'Third Culture Kids'. (Scott Gration, Maj. Gen. USAF (RET), President Obama's Special Envoy to Sudan)

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Advance praise for Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, rev. ed.:

"As an adult TCK, I have long wrestled with how I fit into this world. This book is the 'bible' for anyone who wants to understand the blessings and the curses of growing up multiculturally."
-Wm Paul Young, author of the #1 NYT bestseller The Shack

"Growing up as a TCK has been a gift and has significantly shaped my life and work. As I interact with world leaders one day and with those living in refugee camps the next, I continually draw upon my experience of living among different cultures. I am delighted to see the lessons learned from the traditional TCK experience live on in this new edition of Third Culture Kids."
-Scott Gration, Maj Gen, USAF (Ret), President Obama's Special Envoy to Sudan


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This book is a must read for kids who have grown up in a culture and country different from their birth country.
Alene R.
It helped me to better understand myself and those around me who share similar experiences or, for that matter, very different experiences.
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 I personally found this book to be very interesting reading whether or not the reader has a personal interest in the issue.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Alene R. on February 10, 2013
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I felt very alone until I found out there was a name for someone like me. This book is a must read for kids who have grown up in a culture and country different from their birth country. I met the author, David Pollock, at a Woodstock School (boarding school in India) reunion many years ago. He gave a talk about Third Culture Kids. I had never heard that term used before. It was a very moving experience to have him describe exactly how I felt. He absolutely understood me.

A person who has lived their entire life in one place has no idea the emotional turmoil of one who has lived their formative years in another country from their parents' (birth) country. I went through culture shock when coming home (to the U.S.) for college. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has been through this experience. You will know you are not alone and it will help you to heal and understand your emotions.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Buddha Baby on April 29, 2013
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This book is invaluable for anyone who is or cares about a third culture kid (TCK):  one who has "spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents' cultures".  This experience is common to children of missionaries, parents who work for international corporations, foreign service, aid organizations, educators, media representatives, military service, or whatever takes them out of their home country for an extended period of time.  This TCK experience can also happen actually to children who remain in their home country but live in a different culture within it, e.g. those whose parents work on an Indian reservation in the U.S. while not being born to that culture.

Many of the differences the reader would probably be aware of, such as differences in eye contact, handshaking, pointing and other mannerisms.  I remember walking out of a training about Native American communication where we talked about the fact that direct eye contact can be a sign of disrespect to elders in that culture, and having a conversation with a young man who made no eye contact with me.  My whole body strongly said 
"he's lying or hiding something" - not to be trusted.  I could THINK all day long about those differences, but had to be sure to pay attention to the responses my body was having and not react based on my ignorance.  The authors of this book go more deeply into the effect these differences have on relationships, self-esteem, isolation, etc.  

Other issues addressed are, e.g. how does one form deep attachments with those around them when they know they are always separated eventually.  There is no payoff and lots of pain in forming attachments.

Another example of an unforeseen difficulty certainly is education.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By etd on July 25, 2011
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I am a TCK myself and the first time I read this book I cried and cried because I finally had a name for what I had experienced growing up and realised I wasn't alone -- I'm a Third Culture Kid and there are others like me! Re-reading it now is again an affirmation that I'm not the ugly duckling who doesn't fit anywhere. The authors do an excellent job outlining what goes into the making of a TCK and the different influences, benefits, and challenges we struggle with and delight in. I highly recommend this book to any TCK and anyone who loves a TCK or, in particular, parents a TCK.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edvard M. Baardsen on November 30, 2011
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Our adult children are fifth generation TCKs and I found this an excellent book that the whole family should read. I have given to my mother and adult children so that we all can understand each other a bit better. I have recognized myself in many of the pages of the book, and also see certain tendencies both good and challenging on my children as they now attend university.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George F. Simons on May 25, 2014
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The Third Culture Kid Experience is about those inadvertent pioneers in cultural unsettledness who have grown up in more than one and sometimes in quite a few cultures. They are the children of ministers, soldiers and international assignees and entrepreneurs. Unlike the adult who sojourns abroad or immigrates to a new land, their experiences of growing up an a culture or cultures different from their origins have affected them in the formative stages of their life where their sense of self is developed, the parameters of identity are set, and their relational patterns are established.

As a result, third culture kids may acquire certain cultural coping skills far different from the skills those who lack such experience. They may become good interpreters of several cultures, skilled in several languages and rich in perspectives about the world they live in. There is a flip side to this, however. The same experience may contribute to rootlessness, restlessness, an uncertain identity and more than one's share of loss and grief. Incoherent social and educational experiences may create personal and mental gaps. Uncertain loyalties and eccentric relationship patterns may result.

Pollock and Van Reken have essentially broken new ground in this book. Not only is there scant literature on this phenomenon, but what exists is fragmentary. Here the authors have coherently brought the dimensions of The Third Culture Kid Experience together in one place. The book is first and foremost a gift to such individuals who have often puzzled themselves with their own seemingly unique experiences and the disjointedness they have experienced. Here they read about who they are and meet fellows like themselves.
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