High-Context Culture

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High-Context Culture

A culture in which a great deal of emphasis is placed upon the context, tone or circumstance of words used in addition to the meaning of the words themselves. For example, suppose one says, "I am fine," in response to the question, "How are you?" In a high-context culture, it should not necessarily be assumed that one is doing fine and that no further query needs to be made. Confusing cultural signals between a high-context and a low-context culture can create significant misunderstandings in both business and politics.
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The scale is differentiated on the scale of low context culture to high context culture where low context culture believe to have precise clear and written communication on contrary the high context culture prefers to have sophisticated and layered communication "Reading between the lines".
Unfortunately, coming from a high context culture, as the Romanian one is, where information is explicitly communicated with words, which are put in context, which is stated form the beginning and details are included in a holistic picture, the student was not able to cope with the demands of a very low context culture, as the Dutch one is, where personal relations and speech are compartmentalized, and showing an evident preference for main points, and ending with details.
The final part attempts to evaluate whether the majority of the respondents fall in the High Context culture or the Low Context culture categories.
This phenomenon is commensurate with the perspective of China as a high context culture and the U.S.
In such a high context culture, leaders and followers are expected to listen to each other, try to understand what each party wants to say and mean, and show respect and support.
"Everyone knows not to do this" is a valid claim for a high context culture where rules are implicit and rarely, if ever, broken.
China is a high context culture, it focuses more on the value of relationships, social hierarchies, and less explicit communication.
Additionally, an important finding in our study is that even though individuals from high context cultures are significantly less certain about communication overall, neither CA nor SPCC is predictive of communication certainty in either intracultural or intercultural relationships for those from high-context cultures.
"Because of the strength of the relationship or connection, the communication is understood through implication and less is communicated in an explicit manner" For example, in high context cultures, a company's management team might communicate with its employees a hit more vaguely, allowing and trusting individuals to interpret their meaning.
Italy's cultural diversity, regional identity, and linguistic plurality form a sort of cultural syncretism capable of comprehending the tenets and the necessary characteristics of low context and high context cultures. It may very likely constitute the missing link for bridging the gap of missignification (3) between the East and the West, between the North and the South.
For instance, most Asian countries are classified by Hall as having high context cultures, in which nonverbal cues are used to ascribe meaning.
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