Book reviews

Kramer, Gesa and Stephanie Quappe, Interkulturelle Kommunikation mit NLP

Reviewed by Dr. George Simons at diversophy.comFinally NLP for intercultural workFresh technologies in the intercultural field are rare but significant events and the full professional application of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) is one that is long overdue. SIETAR colleagues Gesa Krämer and Stephanie Quappe have written an excellent introduction to NLP theory and practice for interculturalists, situating it well in the context of the existing models and tools of intercultural work. The work, which currently only exists in German, will we hope soon find an English edition.Trying to find its place in the academic and entrepreneurial fields has sometimes left the...

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Lewis, Richard D., When Teams Collide: Managing the International Team Successfully

Reviewed by Dr. George Simons at diversophy.comAt a time when criticism runs high about "essentialist" approaches to understanding culture and cultures, Richard Lewis has been unflagging in insisting upon exploring the cultural tendencies. He addresses the thinking and behaviors that are likely to constitute our identity and steer our behavior and our reactions to each other when working together with others different from ourselves. Those who know his previous work have probably been most struck by his ability to make the various processes of communication, management and collaboration visible in the form of simple diagrams that are a relief from...

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Casey, Mary E. & Shannon Murphy Robinson, Neuroscience of Inclusion: New Skills for New Times

Reviewed by Dr. George Simons at diversophy.comYou will best profit from this book if you read with careful attention to your own experiences and to what goes on in your mind and your feelings as you move from page to page. The objective here is to recognize how you function and take better charge of improving your ability to see how your use of the history and culture stored in your unconscious can be either an essential asset or a terminal liability. Research into how we function neurologically and as a result, mentally, emotionally and behaviorally is a critical area...

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Shaules Joseph, Language, Culture and the Embodied Mind: A Developmental Model of Linguaculture Learning

Reviewed by Dr. George Simons at diversophy.com Joseph Shaules is well known among interculturalists for developing the model of deep culture, which opens the door to appropriating the research results of neurobiological studies, neurolinguistics and the advances of cognitive science. His new book furthers the exploration of the connection between language and culture and abets the jailbreak that we have been attempting to make from centuries of dualistic self-definition, to free ourselves to embrace our nature as holistic beings, or, as the book’s title puts it, “embodied minds”. No one who has achieved some fluency in a second language has not...

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Berry, John W., ed., Mutual Intercultural Relations

Reviewed by Dr. George Simons at diversophy.comThis collection of short academic monographs by a large group of collaboration researchers attempts to assess and further the progress of cross-culture cohabitation of mixed societies in a variety of corners of the world. It reports the results of a project titled Mutual Intercultural Relations in Plural Societies (MIRIPS) which employed a consistent multidimensional methodology to research, describe and evaluate relationships between national populations and ethnic minorities in seventeen societies, largely in Europe (Azerbaijan, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain and Switzerland), but also in India, Hong Kong, Australia...

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