ERIC Number: ED394153
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Responsibilities in Mentoring and Advising of International Students: Graduate and Professional Options.
Shaver, Paul M.
To examine the dynamism and productive qualities of multicultural interaction, a chromosomal bivalency model was borrowed from the biological sciences. Dilemmas inherent in contact between cultures emerge from the sites of multicultural conflict. Understanding these dilemmas allows interactants to have insights into other cultures as well as into their own culture. The chromosomal model of multicultural communication provides a realistic and positive method for analyzing and improving multicultural communication. The concept of bivalency refers to the creation of a double chromosome. The double chromosome is created by an attraction of the genes on two helixes. This attraction results in adherence of the helixes to one another and a functional coherence that results in the double chromosome operating as a single unit. Generally speaking, all of the combinatory genes from one helix do not dominate all of those on the other helix. Instead, a complex interactional bivalency is the usual pattern. Use of the chromosomal bivalency suggests that many cultural differences between interactive partners exist. However, the interactants are not compelled to resolve each of these. The chromosomal bivalency model suggests that particular sites of conflict are rhetorically significant interfaces between cultures. The emergent discourse of the interactants reveals the semiotically integrated cultural perspectives that are subject to perspectival rhetorical analysis. (Contains 21 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Parents; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Adviser Role; Rhetorical Strategies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (81st, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21, 1995).