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Accommodation

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

Most dictionaries defineaccommodation as synonymous with adjustment, or a readiness to aid or please others. Authors Larry Samovar and Richard Porter described accommodation as a conflict style whereby one communicator will acquiesce to the wishes of another and give up on his or her own needs and goals. On the other hand, Howard Giles developed the communication accommodation theory—originally named speech accommodation theory—to describe the adjustments communicators make when interacting with others. The theory states that in ...

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