The paper "Overview of Intercultural Communication Theory" is a great example of business coursework. Recently, we attended a community event known as Laura Dance and Music Festival in Laura, North Queensland. This is a cultural event held in the region every two years to celebrate the indigenous communities of Australia. In this occasion, people celebrate and embrace their cultural roots and traditions. The event was attended largely by the country’ s aboriginal communities, government dignitaries, tourists, and foreign indigenous representatives. Moreover, in attendance were different academic institutions in Queensland and Laura town. In fact, we noted the presence of some schools and college representatives from different regions in Australia.
We interacted with some of the attendees and learnt that the event can be traced back to 1980s when the indigenous communities that lived in Cape York relived and celebrated their traditions and culture. They did these through dance, song, story, and music. Besides, different sporting activities and competitions take place at the festival. Overview of intercultural communication theory According to Bennett (2007, pp. 67-70), intercultural communication refers to the global exchange of information.
The theory is useful in the description of a variety of communication challenges that naturally occur in an organization that comprises of people from different ethnic, social, and religious, educational backgrounds (Gudykunst 2003, pp. 56-67). This theory can, at times be used in place of cross-cultural communication. The theory is beneficial in understanding of how people from different cultures and countries communicate, act, and perceive their world. It also explains how individuals for different cultural backgrounds interact. Besides, Charles (2003, pp. 12-20) note that the theory focuses on the individuals’ social attributes, customs and languages.
In addition, it is significant in cultural studies, anthropology, psychology, linguistics, and communication studies. There are various theories that are used in order to better understand intercultural communication. These theories are categorized based on their focal areas. That is the focus on effective outcomes, adaptation, or accommodation, management or negotiation, communication networks, adjustment and adjustment, and others that are not categorized. To begin with, the cultural convergence theory focuses on effective results. The theory states that in a confined social system where the exchange of information among its members is unlimited, the system will converge with time towards a level of more cultural uniformity.
Nevertheless, with the restriction of communication, the system will diverge towards diversity. On the other hand, those that address adaption or accommodation are communication accommodation and co-cultural theories (Hinchcliff-Pelias, M & Greer, NS 2004, pp. 10-20). The first one addresses linguistic strategies to increase and decrease communicative distances. Besides, intercultural adaptation theory explains how communicators get used to each other when there is a need to integrate cultural factors. The co-cultural theory focuses on ways by which co-cultural members communicate (Wilkins 2006, pp.
23-26). In addition, those theories that entail management or negotiation, identity management, cultural identity, identity negotiation, and double-swing model theories. Adjustment and acculturation theories include communication acculturation, uncertainty and anxiety management, and deviance, assimilation, and alienation states. According to Hunsinger (2006, pp. 13-17), Communication acculturation shows an inter-cultural adaptation as a joint effort in which a stranger and the host are involved. Anxiety and uncertainty management explains what strangers and hosts experience when they encounter each other (Gudykunst 2003, pp. 56-60).
Assimilation, alienation, and deviance states theory demonstrates adaptation and assimilation are temporary results of an encounter of immigrants and hosts (Jandt 2010, 56-63). Besides, it explains alienation and assimilation as a result of neglectful communication and deviant beautiful.
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