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Culture, Self-Identity, and Work$
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Miriam Erez and P. Christopher Earley

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195075809

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195075809.001.0001

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Culture, Self, and Communication

Culture, Self, and Communication

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Culture, Self-Identity, and Work

Miriam Erez

Oxford University Press

This chapter understands the association between and among cultural components, interpersonal relationships, and individuals' self-concept in group settings. Three cognitive frameworks about culture and communication are discussed. First, culture is viewed as a communication fact, since transmission of symbols, meanings, norms, and practices is done through social interaction. Second, culture is exhibited through communication, supported by the premise that social processes consist of shared interpretations and understanding. The last model deals with the connection of culture, communication, and culture-oriented self schemas, considering the arguments on collectivism and individualism, power relations, masculinity and femininity, and uncertainty prevention. Indeed, the interplay of these aspects reflects that systematic communication procedures smooth the transmission of shared values and meanings, which eventually empowers cultural dimensions; and vice-versa.

Keywords:   culture, interpersonal relationships, self-concept, communication, transmission, integration, correspondence

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