Symbols Of Culture, Verbal And Nonverbal Communication

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1. The term nonverbal communication refers to communication without the use of sounds or vocalization. Heider (2007) says these include gestures, expressions, and space. Nonverbal communication is often just as powerful as vocal communication as they often express subconscious feelings or thoughts. A holistic view of a cultures language can only be achieved after examining both the verbal and nonverbal communication.
Nonverbal communication is important to anthropological research because they are either culturally or globally shared. Learning more about how members of a society communicate may reveal more about their culture or explain actions that couldn 't otherwise be explained.
An example of nonverbal communication in my life is how
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These friends who hold religion close in their lives often incorporate those values into their art.

3. The term symbol is something that resembles or means something other than itself. Such as a flag or plant that stands for a nation or religion. A symbol can be a strong motivator, a show of status, or even an act of defiance. Symbols are powerful things that can speak a thousand words.
The concept is important in anthropological research because many nations may have similar or identical symbols but have a whole different meaning. The most common example would be the swastika. In Buddhism, it is a sigh of peace, while to the Nazi 's, it was a sign that symbolized the death of six million Jewish people.
An example of this concept in my personal life is the store titles I commonly see. If I see a Costco sign, I know that it represents a warehouse-like store. If I see a golden arch, I know I will be able to get cheap greasy food. Symbols are often a way to advertise and attract attention today, as opposed to the deep and meaningful symbols in the
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Folk ethnography refers to folk psychology or psychology that has little to no concrete scientific proof other than cultural belief. The idea that all people within a environment have a similar personality is a prime example of folk ethnography. The truth is, no matter where you are, people will have different personalities, beliefs, and values. Even people who share qualities will have striking contrasts between other qualities.
This concept is important in anthropological research because researchers will be able to understand beliefs the target culture may have. Different religions may believe in different effects of weather or constellations. Although folk ethnography may occasionally be right, it does not live up to scientific research and therefore can 't be called fact.
I personally do not believe in folk ethnography but I have met people who believe that because I 'm from Canada, I am nice and soft-spoken. If this were true, I should not of been able to connect with the friends I have met. We all share common personalities though they have never been out of

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