third culture kid

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third culture kid (plural third culture kids)

  1. (sociology) A young person who has lived for a significant period outside their birth (or passport) country due to parental work-related migration. "Third culture" refers to a distinct way of life different from those of the birth or host countries, but common to fellow expats. Abbreviation: TCK. [from the mid-20th c.]
    • 2009, David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken, Third culture kids: growing up among worlds, p. xii
      In 1984, Dr. Ted Ward, then a sociologist at Michigan State University, predicted in a plenary talk at the International Conference for Missionary Kids (ICMK) in Manila that third culture kids were the prototype citizens of the future.

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