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ERIC Number: EJ1079124
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Cultural Norms and Nonverbal Communication: An Illustration
Chang, Yanrong
Communication Teacher, v29 n4 p191-195 2015
Nonverbal communication takes place in specific cultural contexts and is influenced by cultural norms. Cultural norms are "social rules for what certain types of people should and should not do" (Hall, 2005). Different cultures might have different norms for nonverbal behaviors in specific social, relational, and geographical contexts. What this implies is that cultural norms are embedded in daily interactions, and through observing and describing patterns of nonverbal communication in everyday life, we can expect to identify the underlying cultural norms that govern those behaviors and show ways they impact our everyday life. The aims of the single-class activity described in this paper are (1) to illustrate the relationship between cultural norms and nonverbal communication; and (2) to demonstrate the impact of cultural norms on everyday life. This activity provides an insightful tool that facilitates undergraduate students' comprehension of something that may be an abstract concept to them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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