Big Fat Greek Wedding


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Big Fat Greek Wedding

  1. 2. AGENDA <ul><li>Analysis based on following 2 models </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hofstede‘s framework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hall‘s cultural context model </li></ul></ul>
  2. 3. HOFSTEDE’S FRAMEWORK <ul><li>Five parameters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Power distance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uncertainty Avoidance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individualism/Collectivism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confucian Dynamics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Masculinity v/s Femininity </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. HOFSTEDE’S FRAMEWORK PARAMETERS GREEKS EXAMPLES AMERICANS EXAMPLES INDIVIDUALISM v/s COLLECTIVISM More Collectivistic Huge Family, Family Business More Individualistic No family, everyone lives his own life POWER DISTANCE High Strong hierarchy, father accepted as head Low No hierarchy, Ian doesn’t accept Toula’s father as head CONFUCIAN DYNAMISM (Respect for tradition) High Proud about Greek culture, Baptized Ian Low Wedding was as per Greek Tradition
  4. 5. HOFSTEDE’S FRAMEWORK PARAMETERS GREEKS EXAMPLES AMERICANS EXAMPLES UNCERTAINITY AVIODANCE High Too fussy about traditions and conventions Low Simply don’t care. Ian became Greek. MASCULINITY v/s FEMININTY Feminine Toula’s Brother has two jobs 1.To cook 2.To marry greek virgin Masculine (According to studies of Hofstede) Not evident from the movie
  5. 6. HOFSTEDE’S FRAMEWORK <ul><ul><li>INDIVIDUALISM INDEX </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>POWER DISTANCE INDEX </li></ul></ul>Small Power Distance/ Collectivist Small Power Distance/ Individualistic Large Power Distance/ Collectivist Large Power Distance/ Individualistic USA Greece Individualistic Collectivist
  6. 7. HOFSTEDE’S FRAMEWORK <ul><ul><li>UNCERTAINTY AVOIDANCE INDEX </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MASCULINITY/ FEMININITY INDEX </li></ul></ul>Weak Uncertainty avoidance/ Femininity Strong Uncertainty avoidance/ Femininity Weak Uncertainty avoidance/ Masculinity Strong Uncertainty avoidance/ Masculinity USA Greece (As per our Analysis) Weak Strong Greece
  7. 8. HALL’S FRAMEWORK <ul><li>Three parameters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. HALL’S FRAMEWORK- SPACE PARAMETERS GREEKS EXAMPLES AMERICANS EXAMPLES PERSONAL SPACE Very Close Family moves very close to each other/ hugs Ian’s parents on the first meet More Space Uncomfortable with huge family/ their traditions TERRITORIALITY/ OWNERSHIP Low Eat together/ very close knitted group/ Eager to share everything Not Evident from the movie Not evident from the movie
  9. 10. HALL’S FRAMEWORK- CONTEXT PARAMETERS GREEKS EXAMPLES AMERICANS EXAMPLES PEOPLE BONDS High Very close knitted group/ Strong sense of family Low Ian’s Parents were least interested in his marriage NON VERBAL COMMUNICATION High Toula’s dad used a lo of non verbal cues to express his feelings Low Ian was very straight in communicating his feelings be it Toula or his parents OVERTURES OF MESSAGES Hidden Instance where Toula’s mom and aunt are trying to convince her father Explicit The part where Ian proposes Toula COHESION / SEPARATION OF GROUPS High/In Groups “ Proud to be a Greek” “ Every word comes from Greek” Low/Open to change The part where Ian proposes Toula
  10. 11. HALL’S FRAMEWORK- TIME PARAMETERS GREEKS EXAMPLES AMERICANS EXAMPLES ACTION Many things at a time Behavior at the party One at a time Dinner at Ian’s parents’ place FOCUS Easily Distracted Behavior at the party Concentrate on one thing Gave attention to what each individual spoke PRIORITY Relationships/ Culture First “ Greek girls have to marry greek, have greek babies and feed everyone till they die” Task Oriented Ian was determined to marry Toula
  11. 12. OTHER ANALYSIS PEOPLE TRAIT EXAMPLES GREEKS ETHNOCENTRISM <ul><li>Toula’s Dad said </li></ul><ul><li>“ There are two kind of people </li></ul><ul><li>Who are Greeks </li></ul><ul><li>Who want to be Greeks” </li></ul>AMERICANS PAROCHIALISM During the dinner with Toula, Ian’s mother asked her husband “Is Armenia Close to Greece?”
  12. 13. ACCULTURATION CURVE +VE - VE FEELINGS STABLE STATE ACCULTURATION CULTURE SHOCK EUPHORIA When couple started knowing each other When it came to marriage Baptism of Ian, Both families get to know each other Marriage and mutual Acceptance of cultures
  13. 14. DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE <ul><li>“ Here tonight we have apple and orange. We all different but in the end we all are fruits” </li></ul>
  14. 15. Thank You