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Components of Culture

Differences in culture between high context and low context cultures
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nancy kristensen

on 26 April 2010

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Transcript of Components of Culture

Double click anywhere & add an idea Differences in Culture High Context Cultures transmits information through context of the situation, the relationship and the physical cues
attuned to the nonverbal cues, such as facial expressions, tensions, movements, speed of interactions, body language, and vibes




Low Context Cultures
Communicate in precise. logical direct verbal language
Impatient with communicators that don't get to the point quickly
Don't process subtle cues like gestures, moods and environmental clues as easily Direct Eye Contact versus Little Eye Contact Conversational distance-
close together vs. medium vs. far apart Families
Large, extended relatives live together, support each other financially, share child rearing
Nuclear family- parents and children. Family group is independent financially.
Interdependence vs. Individuality
Interdependence: Family is more important than the individual. Self-esteem is based upon contributions to the famly
Individual: Each person's uniqueness is valued. Individual success is valued. Nurturance vs. Independence Child rearing values nurturing
sleeping in parent's bed
holding, rocking carrying them long after they can walk
Child Rearing Values Independence
sleep in own bed, dress selves early, walk, not be carried, do chores, feed self early Time Continuum
Time is money, be on time
Time is given, needs of people are more important than time Traditions versus Technlogy Ownership Continuum
Family or community-owned Property
Ownership by an individual is very important Rights and Responsibilities
Equal right for all
Differentiated Rights Harmony versus Control
Living in synchrony with surroundings and circumstances
Control of the world, it's resources,
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