ERIC Number: ED284313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Stranger Ethnicity and Communication.
Korzenny, Felipe; Dollinger, Patricia
A study examined the degree to which members of different ethnic groups--Whites/Anglos, Hispanic/Latinos, Asians, and Blacks--vary in (1) the reasons they adopt for communicating or not communicating with strangers, (2) the situations in which they choose to interact with strangers, and (3) the types of strangers with whom they feel comfortable communicating. Subjects, 237 well-to-do male and female adults living in a large multicultural city on the West Coast and self-identified as to ethnic group, responded to an instrument administered by trained interviewers. Results indicated that Blacks were more likely than other ethnic groups to interact with strangers, and that Asians were the least likely. The four groups did not differ in their reasons for interaction with strangers, which included interest, companionship and help, but rather in their reasons for not interacting, which included shyness and enculturation. Results also indicated that Whites and Hispanics were more likely to communicate with strangers at parties, on vacation, or at bars, but Blacks were more likely to interact with strangers in public places such as stores, the street, and public transportation. As expected, each ethnic group was likely to feel more comfortable communicating with strangers of like ethnicity except for Asians, who were neither more nor less likely to communicate with Asian strangers. Findings suggest that Blacks delineate an outgoing profile, while the Asian profile is reserved and cautious. (A table of data is included, and references are appended.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Salt Lake City, UT, February 13-17, 1987).