Relationship Between Collectivist And Individualist Cultures Essay

1612 Words Nov 17th, 2016 7 Pages
Module 3:
The following chapter is module 3, titled “Develop Intercultural Communication Skills in Pastoral Settings”. This module starts with “Goals” and “Outcomes” for the upcoming sections. It is easy to see and identify upcoming issues, as well as learning outcomes. In addition, this module concentrates on self-view, social groups, and cultural conflicts. It helps identify dimensions of different groups, collectivist or individualist in nature.
The next section of this module starts with “The face of the groups”. It is about social image that a certain group or groups want to be seen as. It tell us that this requires from the group and individuals inside them to act in a specific way, in order to support that social image. Also, it involves individuals presenting themselves in a way that others can identify and react to in a specific way.
This bring us to another sections that focuses on collectivist and individualist cultures. There are some main differences between these two that are important to point out. Let’s start with collectivist culture. This is a group where social status and authority, most of the time, are inherited, and communication is indirect. Moreover, such cultures “have a stronger sense of hierarchy or high-power distance” (USCB 15). On the other hand, we can notice that cultures who are more individualist tend to be more direct in communication and socially democratic. Also, this group shows a “low-power distance” (USCB 15). According to Ting-Toomey,…

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