Cross Cultural Communication

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Cross Cultural Communication 8/28/06 Intercultural Communication Objective: We come from different identity groups. The perception of the reality is  what matters. Goal is to bridge the gap between cultures and help us communicate  effectively. 9/06/06  Culture – traditions, living situations, various beliefs passed down through  generations, determined by who you live with, status, views, upbringing; group with a  set value of beliefs, traditions, and perceptions No definitive definition of culture Use: Culture is a pattern of learned group-related perceptions, attitudes, values,  beliefs and disbelief systems and behaviors that is accepted and expected by an  identity held by a specific group Main characteristics of Culture: verbal and non-verbal language, belief systems,  perceptions Main characteristics of culture: Learned, interrelated, and shared Verbal and Non-verbal language – a way culture is expressed through words or  gestures; maintains similarities Relationship between language and experience; and language and thought An extension of an established culture Spoken = primary; written = secondary Extension – positive or negative evolutions that help put concepts into a tangible  reality; become commonplace Effective Intercultural Communication – common understanding of the other  person; patience, remain open-minded, use verbal and non-verbal communication;  sharing common ground; recognizing value differences (polychromic time vs.  monochromic time) Misperception – person or group are wrong in the way they perceive situations,  motives or intentions; not our own perception being wrong, but how we perceive  someone else perceiving an event being wrong
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9/19/06 Identity  – collectivism can be seen as an adaptation to poverty and limited  resources and Individualism to wealth and ample resources Hierarchy    degree of inequality between the people that is assumed to be a  natural state of affairs Masculine vs. feminine Care-oriented vs. achievement orientation Richer country = more individualist Poorer country = more communist (in terms of hierarchy) Power Distance  – larger PD is easier to maintain in a situation of poverty and  limited resources Gender  – an unequal role distribution between men and women coincides with a  tougher society in which there is an emphasis on achievement and fighting than on  caring and compromise. Related to a society’s attitudes toward time and traditions
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