Need an argumentative essay on Acculturation And Intercultural Communication. Needs to be 11 pages. Please no plagiarism.
Communication becomes a major issue when people do not share a common cultural experience. It is hence important that the different cultures become assimilated and the people that work and live together understand, share and live together in harmony. This necessitates an understanding of the culture of the American Indians (AI), their methods of communication, cultural laws, and cultural identity.
Intercultural communication barriers arise from group differences in cognition, affect and patterns of behavior (Spencer-Rodgers & McGovern, 2002). These include values, norms, beliefs, language, customs and communication styles, and effective intercultural communication requires adaptation to all these differences. One has to meet the challenges of language barriers, unfamiliar customs and practices and cultural variations in verbal and non0verbal communication styles. Even though groups may attempt to understand and overcome the communication barriers, most tribes and groups prefer to maintain their cultural identity.
Bhatia (2002) contends that immigrants from the third world countries construct their identities as citizens of the first world countries but they also retain strong affiliations, identifications, and loyalties to their home country. Cultural identity is an a priori condition that affects human existence. Freud has described cultural identity as an unconscious emotional experience while others describe it as a person’s basic identity formed during the earliest periods of socialization (Kim, Lujan & Dixon, 1998). Individuals who are unable to develop a healthy group identity think of themselves as misperceived by others and they are more likely to fall into substance abuse or other self-destructive behaviors. The social identity theory states that self-identity cannot be achieved without a positive sense of group identity. The American Indian society believes in being affiliated to some group to preserve their cultural identity.