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  1. Introduction to culture
  2. Aspects of culture
  3. Cultural mechanisms
    1. Ethnocentrism
    2. Categorization
  4. Nonverbal communication
    1. The Kinesics
    2. The element of context
    3. The dimension of time
  5. Relations between culture and communication
    1. Nonverbal communication
    2. Verbal communication
  6. Conclusion

The word culture is difficult to define, due to the subjectivity that lies in it. This means that the perception of the concept differs from person to person. The various disciplines that helped to interpret the concept are etymology, philosophy and sociology.

Culture can be defined as socially transmitted behavior patterns, trades and products. These patterns, trades and products are associated with a definite group of people and thus differentiate different groups from each other.

The existence of culture differentiates man from animals. Although animals display herding behavior, they cannot be termed as having culture, as they lack the faculty of reasoning. The herding patterns of animals are born of survival tactics and may not be compared to the development of arts, science and philosophy that are the cornerstones of the culture of a society.

[...] Nonverbal Communication a. The Kinesics A very large part of our communication is nonverbal or Kinetic communication. Kinesics is the science of interpretation of Body language. Ray Birdwhistell first introduced the idea that people communicate through various means such as posture, gesture, stance and movement. An analysis of films of people in social situations clearly indicates that all movements of the body have meaning, and thus these non-verbal forms of language can be equated to and analyzed like verbal communication. [...]

[...] The definitions listed above lead to the differentiation of culture and sub- culture. Within every culture, there are several sub units which, although fit into the broad framework of the larger culture, have various distinguishing characteristics. These may be: Regional or Local Recreational Musical Professional Familial Theological The family is an extremely important cultural subset. Family beliefs and practices affect our behavior and our perception of the environment we live in. These subsets are rarely a source of conflict. However confrontations related to religion almost always escalate into full-blown conflicts. [...]

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