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ERIC Number: ED352685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 31
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Some Determinants of Conflict Dominance: A Comparative Study.
Chen, Guo-Ming; And Others
A study investigated the conceptual and functional meanings of the concept of conflict from the perspectives of United States culture (a low-context culture) and Chinese culture (a high-context culture). Subjects, 50 American and 48 Chinese graduate students in a midsize northeastern university, were interviewed using a semi-structured format to identify differences and similarities among seven variables pertaining to choice of dominant style in the two groups. Results indicated that: (1) there were many areas where the two groups' definitions converged and overlapped; (2) unpleasant feeling is universal in a conflict situation for both groups; (3) both groups emphasized the importance of giving assistance to their counterparts in a conflict situation; (4) responses were clustered into three general categories--from the subject's perspective, from the perspective of the subject's counterpart, and from the perspectives of personal and group interests; (5) significant differences existed between American interviewees and Chinese interviewees on face, seniority, severity of conflict, and gender variables; and (6) there was a large degree of similarity of rank order between the two groups. Findings suggest general support for assumptions originating from the distinction of low-context versus high-context cultures. Findings also suggest the universal nature of perceptions and feelings shown in conflict situations. (Six tables of data are included; 50 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; United States