This book of structured activities for use in teaching about culture, ethnicity and diversity comprises easy-to-use classroom and training exercises that are both engaging to participants and effective as learning tools. The contributors offer tools to those teachers and trainers who strive to increase understanding of and communication between ethnic and racial groups. The book is arranged so that users may easily draw upon the activities to involve students and bring abstract concepts into the realm of the students' own experiences.
Chapter 5: Measuring the Silent Language of Time
Measuring the Silent Language of Time
Every culture has its own unique set of temporal fingerprints. To know a people is to know the time values they live by.
No beliefs are more ingrained and subsequently hidden by our cultural upbringings than those about time. Almost 40 years ago, anthropologist Edward Hall (1959) labeled culture's rules of social time the “silent language.” The world over, children simply “pick up” their society's conceptions of early and late, of waiting and rushing, of the past, the present, and the future.
Adjusting to an alien sense of time can pose as many difficulties as learning the foreign language itself. In one particularly telling study of the roots of culture ...