Cultural Differences

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Cultural Differences Jason Roby COM 360 October 24, 2011 Professor Renee Peckham For any relationship to succeed both parties need patience, tolerance, and understanding. This becomes especially important when individuals come from dissimilar cultural backgrounds. If the individuals take the time to learn about the other’s culture many stereotypes and misconceptions will be eliminated. If they slow down and listen to one another they will likely find that despite their differences they share many basic needs; this can serve as the common ground or a starting point needed for understanding one another. However, if both parties remain staunchly entrenched in their own culturally-based viewpoints confusion and turmoil will…show more content…
Geert Hofstede, a cultural anthropologist examined cultures and ordered them according by dominant patterns of value orientations regarding power, self, gender, predictability, and time (Lustig & Koester, 2010). Analyzing the power distance patterns of Miss Daisy and Hoke’s respective cultures it becomes evident there were major differences overcome in order for these two to form a relationship. All cultures have preconceived beliefs regarding class inequalities. Miss Daisy held it to be true that each individual has a rightful place in society and that authority figures should not be confronted or questioned. During the time period this film portrays the European American culture can be ascribed as a culture with a large power distance. African American culture during the civil rights movement was seeking to minimize power distances, and believed that class and social inequalities should be minimized. Throughout most of the film Miss Daisy exemplifies large power distances demonstrating her beliefs regarding her status, and her beliefs that her authority should not be challenged. Despite her insistence that she was not prejudice, she repeatedly demonstrated her beliefs that she was superior to and separate from African Americans by her continually referencing them as “they,” and referring to African Americans as little children who need to be instructed on what to do. Miss Daisy also demonstrated her power distance
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