Tuesday, August 30, 2016

InterculturalCom: What are the Hazards & Benefits of Studying ICC? (W2-P5) Fa16

When we are studying intercultural communication, what hazards do we want to be careful to avoid?

What are the benefits of studying intercultural communication?  What do we get out of it?  How can it help us?

Benefits -- Knowledge

  • Personal Empowerment
  • Freedom from Ignorance
  • Productive Relationships


  • Oversimplification
    • Ignore exceptions and subtleties
  • Overgeneralizations
    • Assume all people that share a culture are the same
  • Exaggeration
    • Overstate differences between groups of people

What have been the hazards and benefits for you?  Same as above?

Source: Among Cultures: The Challenge of Communication by Brad Hall
(Note: Dr. Brad Hall was an intercultural communication prof of mine while I worked on my Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico.)

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