Intercultural Interpersonal Communication And Intercultural Communication

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The second chapter includes several interesting concepts, one of which being the differences between intercultural and interpersonal communication. Intercultural communication is defined as “the process that occurs when members of two or more cultures or co-cultures exchange messages in a manner that is influenced by their different cultural perceptions and symbol systems, both verbal and nonverbal” (Adler et al., 2015, pg. 40). While most interactions seem to have some sense of intercultural aspect due to the great diversity not only in race but in backgrounds today, not all interactions have this effect. Intercultural interactions only occur when there is a difference between the two people in contact that is noticeable and creates a different dynamic in the interaction. The book uses the term “salience” in order “to describe how much weight we attach to a particular person or phenomenon” (Adler et al., 2015, pg. 41). The book gives several examples, such as different ethnicities on the same basketball team striving toward a common goal don’t place much emphasis in their cultural discrepancies, just as young children from different countries playing together don’t experience intercultural communication until they reach an age when they can understand what makes them different from each other. (Adler et al., 2015, pg. 41) In my own life, and can look back and see how I have played football with guys from a very different culture, and found it easy to spend time around them…
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