Ch 2: The Impact of Culture on Interpersonal Communication

About This Chapter

The short and engaging video lessons in this chapter are designed to help you learn about the impact of culture on interpersonal communication. Take self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam to strengthen your knowledge of the elements of culture, ethnocentrism, cultural evolution and more.

The Impact of Culture on Interpersonal Communication - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Interpersonal communication can be impacted by a variety of factors, one being the cultures from which individuals in communication originate. The video lessons in this chapter take a closer look at the impact of culture on interpersonal communication. Learn the meaning of material and nonmaterial culture, examine the elements that define culture and analyze the perceptions of culture. The lessons also compare masculine and feminine cultures, as well as communication in cultures that have low and high tolerances for ambiguity. Examine cultural competency in communication, analyze intercultural communication and learn strategies for communicating with and about people with disabilities.

Watching the video lessons in this chapter give you greater insight into interpersonal communication as it relates to culture. After watching the videos, you can take self-assessment quizzes to strengthen your comprehension of the materials. Video timelines are available if you want to revisit specific sections of each lesson. You can also contact instructors if you have any questions about this chapter. After watching the lessons, you will know more about:

  • The major elements that define culture
  • How enculturation compares with acculturation
  • The differences between low and high power distance cultural communications
  • Individualistic vs. collectivistic cultures
  • The distinctions between cultural evolution and cultural relativism
  • Cultural perceptions of communication in organizations
  • The definition and strategies of intercultural communication

VideoObjective
What Is Culture? - Material and Nonmaterial Culture Learn the definition of culture and examine material and nonmaterial culture.
Elements of Culture: Explanation of the Major Elements That Define Culture Examine the major elements that define culture.
Perceptions of Culture: Ideal Culture and Real Culture, Ethnocentrism, & Culture Relativism Take a closer look at perceptions of culture, including ideal culture, ethnocentrism and culture relativism.
Comparing Enculturation & Acculturation Analyze and make comparisons between enculturation and acculturation.
Comparing Cultural Evolution & Cultural Relativism Examine and make comparisons between cultural evolution and cultural relativism.
Culture's Impact on Interpersonal Communication Explore culture's impact on interpersonal communication by examining demographic changes, cultural sensitivity, economic and political interdependence and globalization.
Comparing Low & High Power Distance Cultural Communications Take a closer look at high and low power distance cultures and analyze how these differences influence communication.
Masculine vs. Feminine Cultures: Distinctions & Communication Styles Analyze masculine and feminine cultures to discover their communication styles and what makes them distinct.
Comparing Communication in Cultures with High & Low Tolerance for Ambiguity Compare and contrast low and high ambiguity tolerance cultures and examine how these differences influence communication.
Individualistic vs. Collectivistic Cultures: Differences & Communication Styles Learn about the differences and communication styles of individualistic and collectivistic cultures.
Cultural Perceptions of Communication in Organizations: Low Context and High Context Examine the cultural perceptions of communication in organizations.
Cultural Competency in Communication Discover what it means to be socially and culturally appropriate given the context of the communication interaction.
Intercultural Communication: Definition, Model & Strategies Study the definition of intercultural communication, illustrate the model and identify strategies for improving intercultural communication.
Communicating With and About People with Disabilities Learn strategies on how to communicate with and about people with disabilities.

14 Lessons in Chapter 2: The Impact of Culture on Interpersonal Communication
Elements of Culture: Explanation of the Major Elements That Define Culture

1. Elements of Culture: Explanation of the Major Elements That Define Culture

Culture combines many elements to create a unique way of living for different people. In this lesson, we identify four of the elements that exist in every culture, albeit in different forms: symbols, language, values, and norms. We also differentiate between folkways and mores.

What Is Culture? - Material and Nonmaterial Culture

2. What Is Culture? - Material and Nonmaterial Culture

Culture is a huge topic of study for sociologists. In this lesson, we define culture and distinguish between material and nonmaterial culture. As culture, nation, and society are often used interchangeably, we also distinguish between these three concepts.

Intercultural Communication: Definition, Model & Strategies

3. Intercultural Communication: Definition, Model & Strategies

Communication is a pretty important part of daily life, but what do you do when you need to communicate with someone from another culture? Explore the ideas behind intercultural communication and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Comparing Enculturation & Acculturation

4. Comparing Enculturation & Acculturation

How do we learn to interact in a culture? In this lesson you will explore two different processes, enculturation and acculturation, and then get to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Comparing Cultural Evolution & Cultural Relativism

5. Comparing Cultural Evolution & Cultural Relativism

There are many theories that try to explain cultural development and change. In this lesson, you will explore two of them, cultural evolution and cultural relativism, and then test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Culture's Impact on Interpersonal Communication

6. Culture's Impact on Interpersonal Communication

In this lesson, explore different cultural styles of communication and discover what it means to study communication through culture. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Individualistic vs. Collectivistic Cultures: Differences & Communication Styles

7. Individualistic vs. Collectivistic Cultures: Differences & Communication Styles

In this lesson, you will learn the difference between an individualistic and collectivistic culture and how it affects communication styles and message delivery.

Cultural Perceptions of Communication in Organizations: Low Context and High Context

8. Cultural Perceptions of Communication in Organizations: Low Context and High Context

Cultures have different perspectives regarding how to communicate. That doesn't necessarily mean words or phrases but the format or structure to that communication. Some are specific and pointed while others believe there is an inherent understanding present. We will discuss this issue here.

Comparing Low & High Power Distance Cultural Communications

9. Comparing Low & High Power Distance Cultural Communications

Different cultures have different ideas about power. In this lesson, you will explore the relationship between power distribution and cultural values. Afterwards, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Masculine vs. Feminine Cultures: Distinctions & Communication Styles

10. Masculine vs. Feminine Cultures: Distinctions & Communication Styles

A presenter should understand both masculine and feminine cultural characteristics. In this lesson, you will learn the difference between the two cultures and how to use that knowledge to create a message that will be received successfully.

Comparing Communication in Cultures with High & Low Tolerance for Ambiguity

11. Comparing Communication in Cultures with High & Low Tolerance for Ambiguity

If you're reading this because not knowing what this lesson is about makes you nervous, you have different ambiguity tolerance than someone who is not worried. Explore the links between culture, communication, and uncertainty, then test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Cultural Competency in Communication

12. Cultural Competency in Communication

The ability to communicate is pretty important to us. So, better communication is even better! Explore how cultural competency can impact positive communication and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

What is Cultural Sensitivity? - Definition, Examples & Importance

13. What is Cultural Sensitivity? - Definition, Examples & Importance

In this lesson, we will discuss cultural sensitivity. Learn more about cultural sensitivity, how it plays out in the real world, and why it is important. Look at some examples that illustrate it as well.

Perceptions of Culture: Ideal Culture and Real Culture, Ethnocentrism, & Culture Relativism

14. Perceptions of Culture: Ideal Culture and Real Culture, Ethnocentrism, & Culture Relativism

The way we perceive culture - both our own and that of others - is affected by many things. In this lesson, we define and discuss the difference between perceptions of ideal culture and real culture. We also examine ethnocentrism and compare it to the idea of culture relativism.

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