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Dimensions of Cultural Variability

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

A concept that emerged from the work of Geert Hofstede, dimensions of cultural variability refers to the dominant values, principles, beliefs, attitudes, and ethics that are shared by an identifiable group of people that constitute a culture. These dimensions provide the overall framework wherein humans learn to organize their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in relation to their environment. Over the past few decades, scholars of intercultural communication have isolated several dimensions of cultural variability that can ...

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