View Full Version : other words for "Cultural Intrigue"???

nancy sv
09-08-2007, 09:45 PM
I'm tryng to come up with chapter titles for my book about our bike trip. When we biked through Mainland Mexico, it was such a totally different experience from what we had been through before that. In the chapter title, we want to somehow make reference to the idea of a different culture, and bring in the idea that it was fasicinating and exciting and all that stuff. But we don't like "Cultural Intrigue" - even though that's exactly what we want to say. Can you think of other words that would capture that idea?? Thanks for your help!

09-08-2007, 10:14 PM
The words usually used for this phenomenon are "culture shock." Technically this happens over a period of time but in general it's when you encounter an environment completely different from anything you've known or expected.

nancy sv
09-08-2007, 10:19 PM
I want to somehow bring in the idea of our interest and fascination with the other culture we were in the midst of. Culture shock had sort of negative connotations, and I want it in a more positive frame - we loved it and were intrigued by it and all that jazz. But "Cultural Intrigue" sounds kind of dorky!!

09-08-2007, 10:20 PM
But they're not after cultural shock, but intrigue, or fascination, with the cultural differences between one part of the foreign country they were traveling in and another part of the same country.

09-08-2007, 10:22 PM
How about The Cultural Fascination?


nancy sv
09-08-2007, 10:39 PM
Hmmm...Cultural Fascination???? That's the right idea, but it still doesn't sound "right". I''m honestly not sure the words I want even exist!!

09-08-2007, 10:41 PM
Tell us more about what you're trying to convey and what you experienced.

dolores haze
09-08-2007, 10:44 PM
I know exactly the feeling you're trying to get at. How about Culture Crush - in that you're halfway in love, but don't know it well enough to know if that love is forever.

09-08-2007, 10:51 PM
Cultural Enlightenment? Cultural Insight?

09-08-2007, 10:58 PM
Eye of the Beholder
Micro-Cultures in Mainlaind Mexico as Experienced Through Bi-Wheel, Manually Powered Travel
The Culture Within
The Inner Culture
Cultural Kaleidoscope

nancy sv
09-08-2007, 11:21 PM
Wow!! You guys are good! Lots of ideas here for us to mull over. I think you've got the idea of what I want to get at here - we want the chpater title to convey the idea that we are in the midst of a foreign culture, and that it is interesting and fascinating and completely different from what we've experienced so far.

09-09-2007, 12:21 AM
La Cultura Fantastica!

nancy sv
09-09-2007, 12:28 AM
Oohhh - I hadn't even considered using Spanish!! That's a great idea!

Christine N.
09-09-2007, 12:41 AM
Go with the classics..

Stranger in a Strange Land

nancy sv
09-09-2007, 01:59 AM
Gosh - you guys are coming up with all kinds of possibilities here! Thanks! Keep the ideas flowing... we'll over htem all.