By Larry A. Samovar, Richard E. Porter, Edwin R. McDaniel, Carolyn Sexton Roy
This bestselling intercultural conversation textual content supplies readers an knowing and appreciation of alternative cultures and is helping them improve useful abilities for making improvements to their conversation with humans from different cultures. conversation among CULTURES is well known for being the one textual content out there to regularly emphasize faith and historical past as key variables in intercultural verbal exchange. jam-packed with the most recent examine and packed with quite a few compelling examples that strength readers to check their very own assumptions and cultural biases, this e-book is helping scholars comprehend the delicate and profound methods tradition impacts conversation. The ebook is split into 4 interrelated components: half I introduces the research of conversation and tradition; half II makes a speciality of the facility of tradition to form and alter our view of truth; half III places the idea of intercultural verbal exchange into perform; and half IV converts wisdom into motion.
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Your It is important to be cautious and prudent when making cultural generalizations. genetic makeup, social group experiences, language, gender, age, individual and family history, political affiliation, educational level, perceptions of others, current circumstances, the region and neighborhood where you grew up, your religious experiences, and many other aspects are at play every moment of your life. All of these factors (along with culture) form your individual personality. Hooker does an excellent job of drawing attention to the interplay of personality and culture, and the hazards of relying solely on culture when studying intercultural communication, when he writes: Personality consists of the traits that are unique to an individual human being.
While we grant that generalizing can be a problem when studying intercultural communication, you can take certain precautions (as we have endeavored to do in this book) to minimize the misleading effects of generalizing. First, cultural generalizations must be viewed as approximations, not as absolute representations. Your personal experiences have taught you that people often do not follow the prescribed and accepted modes of cultural behavior. You may read about conformity as a trait of the Japanese people, but while in Tokyo see a group of motorcycle riders dressed like Hell’s Angels.
We prefer to use dominant culture because it clearly indicates that the group we are referring to generally exercises the greatest influence on the beliefs, values, perceptions, communication patterns, and customs of the culture. A dominant group is Copyright 2012 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved. May not be copied, scanned, or duplicated, in whole or in part. Due to electronic rights, some third party content may be suppressed from the eBook and/or eChapter(s). Editorial review has deemed that any suppressed content does not materially affect the overall learning experience.