Third Culture Kids 3rd Edition: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds

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The absolute authority on Third Culture Kids for nearly two decades!

In this 3rd edition of the ground-breaking global classic, Ruth E. Van Reken and Michael V. Pollock, son of the late original co-author, David C. Pollock, have significantly updated what is widely recognized as "The TCK Bible." Emphasis is on the modern TCK and addressing the impact of technology, cultural complexity, diversity and inclusion and transitions. Includes new advice for parents and others for how to support TCKs as they navigate work, relationships, social settings and their own personal development.

New to this edition:

A second PolVan Cultural Identity diagram to support understanding of cultural identity

New models for identity formation

Updated explanation of unresolved grief

New material on "highly mobile communities" addressing the needs of people who stay put while a community around them moves rapidly

Revamped Section III so readers can more easily find what is relevant to them as Adult TCKs, parents, counselors, employers, spouses, administrators, etc.

New "stages and needs" tool that will help families and organizations identify and meet needs

Greater emphasis on tools for educators as they grapple with demographic shifts in the classroom


Understanding the World of TCKs
The TCK Profile
Rootlessness and Restlessness
Maximizing the Benefits
by Betty Lou Pollock

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About the author (2010)

David C. Pollock worked with TCKs and adult TCKs for more than twenty years and logged thousands of miles conducting seminars and conferences for TCKs, their parents, and sponsoring organizations.

Ruth E. Van Reken, herself an adult TCK and a parent and grandparent of TCKs, is author of one of the first books written about the TCK experience, Letters Never Sent.

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