SPCM3820 Notes - Relational Communication in Intercultural...

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Relational Communication in Intercultural Couples Carine A. Cools Stages of an intercultural relationship, i.e. admiration phase, everyday life and routine, crisis, and objective adaptation Relational dialectics is a communication theory: supports the idea that tensions in a relationship are a fundamental feature, and are not to be considered as equal to conflict or problem Internal contradictions: within the relationship of the two partners External contradictions: dialectical tension between the couple and the community Intercultural communication is about ‘stepping outside normal frames of reference and trying to understand other worldviews’. What cultural issues are relevant in intercultural couples’ relationship? What intercultural dialectics do intercultural couples experience in their relationship? Cultural Issues Perceived as Relevant Language Communication indirectness, silence, disclosure (openness), and appropriate closeness (distance) Adapting spouse (the Finnish and the non-Finnish spouse) Employment: often linked to the host-society’s language competence Seen as a determining factor for the non-Finnish spouse’s integration and to have social contacts Friends Raising children Female-male roles Visibility Traditions The intercultural dialectic of privilege-disadvantage feeling disabled discrimination inherent power inequality
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2011 for the course SPCM 3820 taught by Professor Tinaharris during the Summer '11 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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