Culture, Communication, And Intercultural Communication

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Culture, Communication, and Intercultural Communication Generally, culture is conceptualized as a shared way of life, developed and shared by a group of people and transmitted from generation to generation (Tubbs and Moss, 1994). Culture embodies elements such as beliefs, values, language, political systems, etc. which together give a group its characteristics (Griffin, 2000; Tubbs and Moss, 1994). These characteristics are not imposed by one individual, but rather as a group and are historically transmitted (Griffin, 2000:390). Culture is owned by a group of people who accept and share the same common code, verbal or nonverbal, specific values, beliefs, customs, and so on (Barnet and Lee, 2002) Communication, however generally describes a process by which information is exchanged between two or more people in a given context. The process of exchanging information is bound by a purpose: that is to reduce uncertainty and develop an understanding (Barnett and Lee, 2002). Intercultural communication is “the exchange of information between well-defined groups of people with significantly different cultures” (Barnett and Lee, 2002:277). This process is very complex in the sense that this exchange of information takes place in a context of significantly different systems. The process also requires conscious attempts by each group at reducing uncertainty about the future behavior of the other group through an increase in understanding of the group (Barnett and Lee,…
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