What it means to be a self — and a self communicating and being in a particular culture — are key issues interwoven throughout Min-Sun Kim’s impressive text, Non-Western Perspectives on Human Communication. Going beyond cultural descriptions or instructions on adapting to specific cultures, the author interrogates the very core assumptions underlying the study of human communication and challenges longstanding individualistic, Western models on which much intercultural research is based. Kim proposes a non-western way of conceptualizing identity, or the “self” — the cornerstone of cultural research — illuminating how traditional western and non-western views can be blended into a broader, more realistic understanding of cultures and communication. Grounding her work in a thorough knowledge of the literature, she challenges students and researchers alike to reexamine their approach to intercultural study.
Chapter 4: Communication Apprehension: Deficiency or Politeness?
Communication Apprehension: Deficiency or Politeness?
Those who talk do not know. Those who do not know talk.
He who converses not knows nothing.
Few things are more basic to an individual's communication style than the amount that she or he talks. Simply describing an unknown person as either quiet or talkative will evoke very different images in people's minds. Research that employs such descriptions has found dramatically different perceptions of the persons described. [Page 32]A substantial body of cross-cultural research exists in the area of verbal communication predisposition. Studies indicate that significant differences exist both cross-culturally and intraculturally in regard to communication approach and avoidance. However, the role that communication motivation plays in intercultural ...