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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 3 Notes 21:26 Communication, Culture, and Identity Intercultural communication- Communication between and among individuals and groups whose cultural backgrounds differ. o Knowledge of others cultural values and practices enhances intercultural communication. o Individuals do not have to be from different countries for intercultural communication to occur. o Intercultural communication suggests humans cannot exist without culture. o Cultures are blending and coming together. Our identities are shaped by our conversations and relationships with other and vice versa. o Our cultural background enters this mix by shaping our identity, our communication practices, and our responses to others. You have to be aware of the other persons different culture to be using intercultural communication. Defining Culture Culture- the shared, personal, and learned life experiences of a group of individuals who have a common set of values, norms, and traditions. o The values of a culture are its standards and what it emphasizes most. o Norms are patterns of communication. o Traditions are the customs of a culture. These values, norms, and traditions affect our interpersonal relationships within a culture. Its almost impossible to separate values, norms, and traditions from any conversation pertaining to intercultural communication. There are three underlying principles of culture: culture is learned, culture creates community, and culture is multileveled. Culture Is Learned We arent born with knowledge of the practices and behaviors of our culture. People learn the values, norms, and traditions of their culture through the communication of symbols for meaning. We learn about culture both consciously and unconsciously. When you have acquired the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that allow you to become fully functioning in your culture, you are said to be enculturated. Enculturation- occurs when a person-either consciously or unconsciously- learns to identify with a particular culture and a cultures thinking, way of relating, and worldview. o Enculturation allows for successful participation in a particular society and makes a person more accepted by that society. o Learning about a society usually takes place within a family or close relationships. Also through the media, especially with the generation we grew up in....
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