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Unformatted text preview: Comm 391 Exam 1 Ch. 1 Defining I ntercultural Communication Culture: learned system of meanings that fosters a particular sense of shared identity/community-hood. T raditions: rituals performed at certain times of the year. Beliefs: Focus on the cognitive assumptions that members of the culture hold on too. Values: Provides framework for what is desirable and what is not. A) System of meanings/complex frame of reference 1.) Culture is a frame of reference for many people. 2.) Cultures interact, collide, conflict, and thusly have to adapt. 3.) Culture creates a hidden identity in people until that identity is called into question or challenged. Subjective culture: an individual’s interpretation of the beliefs, values, and norms associated with culture. B) I nteracting Members 1) Members of the same culture interact to create patterns of culture and a shared frame of reference. 2) Culture is formed by repetition and sharing of social practices. 3) Socially constructed culture: culture created through interactions with people. C) Cultural Diversity 1.) Cultural diversity: the representation, in one social system, of people with distinctly different group affiliations of cultural significance. 2.) Falsehood: when people think about culture they often are thinking about someone’s nationality....
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2011 for the course COM 391 taught by Professor Mccormack during the Fall '07 term at Michigan State University.
- Fall '07
- Intercultural Communication