research, people with lower status have faced disadvantages in many basic rights like forms of governance and a high inequitable access to basic social services like health care and education (Servan-Mori, Torres-Pereda, Orozco, & Sosa-Rubí, 2014). Another value orientation that is studied when used to compare and contrast cultures is individualism vs collectivism. When looking at collectivist cultures they tend to see the group as more important than the individual, a concept that can be seen in the region of Mexico (Mónica, José-Ángel, & Rosario, 2015). This is important when categorizing a culture because it is a basis for how they communicate and behave within and outside of their group. Mexico being labeled as a collectivist culture is in relation to them exhibiting a high power distance. Exhibiting collectivistic values such as obedience, security and conformism are dominant (Mónica, José-4
Cultural Communication Values and Intercultural Communication Challenges Paper: Mexican Culture – Rough Draft Ángel, & Rosario, 2015). When communicating they will be more disposed to following the norms, not speaking up and challenging. They are more complacent of where they lay in their economic and social status because of the values that they hold on to. In relation to their communication, they show much interdependence and the need for close relationships (Mónica, José-Ángel, & Rosario, 2015). In the Mexican society, family remains at the core. For example, family members that succeed in business share their success by providing work and support of relatives (Hall, 2000). Society is so heavily influenced on mass-media. It tends to control thoughts and perceptions over time, even if they are not aware. Constantly having stereotypical representationspresented in mass-media, it starts to place ideas into the mind about different cultures. Because they become so prevalent, the representations start to become believable and/or true in one’s perception. Then begin to affect how one associates with different groups. Being a part of the Mexican culture and witnessing mass-media stereotypically represented in certain aspects, creates awareness of how heavily mass-media can exaggerate certain qualities of a culture. For example, how Mexican’s usually play the role of the maid in many movies or the typical delinquent. Being a part of this culture, it is personally known that this is not the only thing Mexicans are good for. With this being said, noticing other mass-mediated stereotypes makes it easier to not believe everything presented. For some people this is not the case. Someone from a different culture may blindly acceptthese stereotypical representations and act accordingly. They may communicate with someone from the Mexican culture as if they are uneducated and full of trouble. People from other cultures believing stereotypes could negatively affect the communication for employment. For 5
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