Ch 4- Interpersonal Communication and Diversity: Adapting to Others SPCH 153 Diversity is a Value It is inevitable. Differences are valuable and productive. Core of the “American way” Describing Differences Sex and Gender Sexual orientation Race and ethnicity Age Social class Religion and values Political orientation Geographic location Language spoken Education Generation Family background Personal tastes Any other self identifying characteristic Changing Face of the Nation. 439 million people by 2050 Minorities will be majority by 2042 African-American and Asian populations will increase 60% Hispanic population will triple. By 2023- More than half of children born will be of a minority Working age will be majority minority 65 and older be 20% Understanding Culture Culture- Learned system of knowledge, behavior, attitudes, beliefs, values, and norms shared by a group of people. Influences world view. Divides into many subcultures. Cultural relativity Six dimensions. Six Dimensions of Culture Individualism vs. Collectivism High vs. Low Context Masculine vs. Feminine Culture High and Low Intolerance of Uncertainty Centralize and Decentralized Power Long and Short Term Time Barriers to Intercultural Communication Ethnocentrism Different communication codes. Stereotyping and prejudice Assuming similarities Assuming differences Improving Intercultural Communication Competence Develop knowledge. Develop motivated. Develop skill. Become other oriented. Adapt communication.