Intercultural Communication 12-5

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Intercultural Communication
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What is culture? Culture is a complex, abstract, and pervasive matrix of socially developed assumptions that provide a framework for living, thinking, and behaving. Complex: you’re not just one culture Abstract: sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint which cultures you belong to Pervasive: influences a lot of different aspects of your life
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Nature of Culture Learned We’re not born with it In general, we learn what the appropriate values are of that culture Transmissable Teachable Can pass on cultural values through socialization Dynamic It changes over time; NOT STATIC i.e.—African Americans: their culture has changed a lot since the days of slavery 2 types of change: invention: cultural can come up with new practices, beliefs, values diffusing: we borrow practices from a different culture and then adapt them as our own Selective We have as a culture selected solutions arbitrarily to solve problems and then those solutions have become expected and meaningful parts of our culture Interconnected Certain cultural behaviors are related to others Ethnocentric We see our selves and our own cultures as a standard for evaluating other cultures We see our culture better than others
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Intercultural Communication Communication between members of distinct social groups Social Groups (2 or more people who share common social identities; come from the same cultural world)
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course COMM 200 taught by Professor Theiss during the Spring '07 term at Rutgers.

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