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Chapter 4 Part 2 Cst229

  1. 1. Chapter 4, part 2 Communicating Across Cultures
  2. 2. Religion <ul><li>This is usually a very important part of a person’s life </li></ul><ul><li>Religion greatly impacts peoples’ decisions and actions; from government to clothing </li></ul>
  3. 3. Class <ul><li>Class – socially defined positions based on birth, wealth, jobs, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Underclass </li></ul><ul><li>Working class </li></ul><ul><li>Middle class </li></ul><ul><li>Upper class Pg 53 </li></ul><ul><li>People tend to stay in same social class despite struggling to move up </li></ul>
  4. 4. Geographic Region <ul><li>Where you live has an impact on how you think, perceive yourself and others, act and behave </li></ul><ul><li>You look at others in terms of where you live and how others in your are do things </li></ul><ul><li>Does this change if you move to a different geographic region? 100% change? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Urban / Suburban / Rural Location <ul><li>Urban: characterized by constantly moving up the ladder and an emphasis on material items </li></ul><ul><li>Suburbanites: more land and less crime than urban areas; want for a community feeling </li></ul><ul><li>Rural: focus is on practicality and simplicity; more blue collar than white collar </li></ul>
  6. 6. Exceptionality <ul><li>The part of the population who falls above or below the “average” </li></ul><ul><li>Persons with mental or physical disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Persons who are extremely gifted or talented, either mentally or physically </li></ul><ul><li>Either above or below, they will stand out and be looked at as “different” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Multiple Microcultures / Multiculturalism <ul><li>Most people belong to several microcultures – think about your life… </li></ul><ul><li>Multiculturalism: the recognition that numerous different cultures can exist in the same place and benefit each other </li></ul><ul><li>Participation in several groups is normal to the human experience; often overlap </li></ul>
  8. 8. Axioms about Intercultural Communication <ul><li>Differences are to be expected </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships play a communication role </li></ul><ul><li>Personal speaking styles influence communication </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing uncertainly is usually necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Misunderstandings are to be expected </li></ul><ul><li>Communicative behavior varies between people </li></ul>

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