Linking culture and communication
Please read the attached article to enhance your understanding of Edward T. Hall’s influence on the field of intercultural communication. Below a brief summary is provided
Hall had an intellectual and conceptual influence on nearly all aspects of IC theory, research, training, or practice. In particular, his formulations for considering context, space (proxemics) , and time (chronemics) have enduring application.
Within any country one sees many examples of a range of higher and lower context messages or communication exchanges. However, Asian societies have been generally characterized as placing less trust in words (higher on the value of “context”), while English speaking, and northern European nations typically place more trust in specific words and details in everyday communication.E. T. Hall is credited with the introduction and explanation of many comparative concepts (high and low context, proxemics for space relations, monochronic and polychronic time orientations) which today are used all over the world by those who study interpersonal communication as well as by managers and other professionals working in the public and corporate sectors. Hall’s works and terms have influenced how we think and talk about social interaction in different cultural contexts and in a variety of intercultural relations today.If, however, a couple wishes to have a detailed contract making clear what is expected and the consequences if these expectations are not met, they may hire a lawyer to prepare a contract (a “pre-nuptial agreement”). This would constitute a “low context” message.
Recommended citation:Kulich, S. J. & Condon, J. C. (2015). Culture and communication: Celebrating a centennial of E. T. Hall’s contributions. The FutureLearn Intercultural Communication Course. Shanghai, China: Shanghai International Studies University
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