Jamie Uys 1980 comedy film, The Gods Must Be Crazy, might just be one of the most relevant African
films in History that clearly contrasts the differences of a traditional world and a modern world that
exist at the very same time. Rather than
Intercultural Competency and Effectiveness
Becoming Interculturally Effective
IC competency and effectiveness is one of the main goals of the study of and training in intercultural communication. Becoming interculturally competent leads
Returning Home: Re-entry Culture Shock
According to this theory, the sojourner's visit follows a predictable developmental pattern. First part is based on the "U-curve" sequence: euphoria, depression, rebuilding, adjusted
Culture Shock and Cultural Adaptation
Dependence on Signs & Cues
We all depend on hundreds of signs and cues to function in our environment. But, in a new culture many of these things are gone.
ways of doing things. New ways of thi
Nonverbal Communication: Silence & Listening and Communicating with Non-native English speakers
Overview of Silence
People in every culture "experience" silence in some form or another. However, people's attitudes toward silence in each
Nonverbal Communication: Proxemics and Use of Space
Overview of Proxemics
The study of humankind's "perception and use of space." (Edward T. Hall) All human beings learn hundreds of rules and cues about space as they grow up based on th
Nonverbal Communication: Haptics and Kinesics
Overview of Haptics
The average person relies heavily on touch to communicate. Probably the most basic or primitive form of communication. Touch remains a crucial aspect of human relations t
Relationship between Language and Culture
Overview of Language & Culture
Language is one of the main ways by which we send and receive messages. Throughout the world there are some 5,000 different languages.
Only 20% have a written form;
Collectivist In society, people are born into extended families or clans who protect them in exchange for loyalty. "We" consciousness holds sway. Identity is based on the social system. There is emotional dependence of individual o
Hofstedes Cultural Dimensions Hofstedes and and National Culture
Levels of Culture
National level Regional / Ethnic / Religious / Linguistic affiliation level Gender level Generation level Social Class level Organizational / Corporate le
High- and Low-context Communication Styles
The "context" is the information that surrounds an event and is strongly connected with the event. The elements that combine together to give meaning to an event are different depending
Introduction to Non-verbal Communication, and the Concept of Time in Culture
Field of Nonverbal Communication
Following are some of the areas in which nonverbal communication is studied:
(chronemics) Distance behavior (proxemics) T
Stereotypes, Stereotyping and Attribution
Stereotype def.: a fixed impression of a group of people through which we then perceive specific individuals. If we use the characteristics of a particular person and generalize it t
Cultural Identity, Ethnocentricism and Cultural Relativity
Race & Ethnicity
Anthropologists tell us there are only three true "races" of people in the world.
Caucasoid Negroid Mongoloid
However, there are thousands of "ethnic groups."
Convergence, Culture and Identity Macro & Microcultures
A process whereby people come closer together to get the task finished. People need not converge on everything. rather only on those things that are required to complete
Perception, Meaning, Reality, and Axioms of ICC
Made up of three characteristics:
Stimuli Dimensions Categories
Perception is the process by which people categorize objects (stimuli) along dimensions of importance. A stimuli
Overview of Intercultural Communication
What is Communication?
In its simplest form, the passing of a meaningful message from one person to another person.
necessarily verbal. can also be nonverbal. Can be conscious or unconscious.
Blomquist, Kelsey Daly, Matthew Dresser, Shannon Kahn, Cory Sociology 333 February 20, 2008 Richard Felson Richard B. Felson was born on October 10, 1950 in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a husband and father of two children. Felson earned his Bachelors of