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Officer Richard Neil (retired). Community Diversity Part 3. PART 3. HIGH & LOW CONTEXT CULTURE. CULTURAL CONTEXT. The context of a culture is a way to examine how language is used How information is communicated from one person to another

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Officer

Richard Neil (retired)

Community Diversity Part 3

part 3
PART 3

HIGH & LOW CONTEXT CULTURE

cultural context
CULTURAL CONTEXT

The context of a culture is a way to examine how language is used

  • How information is communicated from one person to another
  • How do members of a given culture handle information
  • Context is on a continuum from low to high
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Tiger Mother

Is there any truth to Chinese raising more competent children?

Should a child be called garbage if they’re disrespectful?

Is it wrong to choose a child’s future for them? To ignore their interests?

Is it smart to deny your child to participate in sports and theatre?

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COMMUNICATION SPO #4
  • Words send most of the message
  • Value laden
  • Words are extremely important and carry explicit meaning. Communication process less important
  • Language has less emotion
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COMMUNICATION SPO #4
  • Eye contact is commonly more direct
  • Language deals primarily with the who, what, where, when, why and how. Language is based on linear thinking that is structured and direct
    • The primary language spoken in the U.S. is English in which the structure of words sends most of the message
    • Even though born in the U.S., your communication process may be inherited from parents or grandparents who came from low or high context cultures
values
VALUES
  • Family structure is predominantly nuclear
  • Importance of individualism
    • Personal accomplishments
    • Competition
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VALUES
  • Constitutional rights, laws and responsibilities are very important
  • More importance usually placed on centralized government than on family, village or city rules or laws
spo 4 high context cultures i e muslim arab somalian asian hispanic african and native american
SPO #4HIGH CONTEXT CULTURES (i.e. Muslim/Arab, Somalian, Asian, Hispanic, African and Native American)
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COMMUNICATION SPO #4
  • Words send only part of the message
  • Value Laden
  • The process of communication is just as important as the words used and may bury the implicit meaning of the words used or the intended message
  • Emotion, posturing and gesturing may be part of the communication process
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COMMUNICATION SPO #4
  • Less direct eye contact
  • The message that is spoken has to be understood in the whole context of the culture. Absent a cultural understanding, the communication may be lacking nuances of the community in that culture may send the wrong message
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VALUES
  • Extended family
  • Family unit is more important than the individual
  • Collectivism is important
  • Family rules and honor are extremely important
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VALUES
  • Respect
  • Family and community rules may be more determinate of values, ethics and laws than centralized government
  • Time is not as important as completing a task
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Officer

Richard Neil (retired)

www.officerneil.com

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