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More about the study of nonverbal communication in ICC

Posted by thuicc on September 29, 2005

Here is a web page about proxemics, which is defined as “the study of the human use of space within the context of culture.” The page mentions Edward T. Hall, author of several books about ICC, including The Silent Language, and the “father” of ICC.

There’s also an interview with Edward Hall here. He talks about how he developed his ideas about intercultural communication. Interesting stuff.

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Definitions of ethnography

Posted by thuicc on September 29, 2005

For Tracy–and anyone else interested–here are some definitions of ethnography:

Hope these definitions help!

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Focus Questions for “Culture and Communication”

Posted by thuicc on September 15, 2005

Again, your reading for next week is available online. It’s “Culture and Communication“. You can download it and print it out–if you have any trouble, let me know.

Here are the questions you should try to answer as you read:

  1. What are the main characteristics of the three perspectives on communication (rhetorical/dramatistic, transmission, and ritual) that Kim describes? What are the major differences among these three models of communication?
  2. What are the main characteristics of the notion of “culture”?
  3. Note the ways in which the ICC definition of culture makes use of the anthropological, psychological, ethnographic, and Cultural Studies definitions. Speculate on why it might be important to deal with these different understandings of the word “culture” when studying intercultural communication.
  4. Note the comparison/contrast of high and low culture. What kind of culture do we usually study in the FLLD?

Remember to write down your own questions, too. You can bring them up at the beginning of class next week.

Have a good weekend!

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