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Grannar över gränsen eller särpräglade norrmän och svenskar - en studie i interkulturell kommunikation
2002 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

To be engrossed with a subject during ten weeks is both interesting and fascinating, and everyone should be granted the privilege of doing that. This is the result of a qualitative etnographic study with the purpose of finding out if there are any cultural differences between Norwegian and Swedish citizens. As a field research intercultural communication, with focus on understanding and handling intercultural situations, is only a few decades old. Research-workers are agreed it is necessary to make oneself aquainted with other cultures in order to communicate succsessfully. The essay is based on field-interviews where collected information from sixteen interviews, with nine Swedish and seven Norwegian respondents, form the basis in the study. The essay elucidate the basic views from two neighbouring culturals, basic views that consciously, and unconsciously, control interaction in daily life. I have mainly focused on theories by Geert Hofstede to illustrate how different aspects of cultures can lead to misconceptions in verbal communication. The dimensions by Geert Hofstede are based on universal resemblances between different countries and show differences in power distance, masculinity and feminism, collectivism and individualism and strong or weak uncertaintyavoidance. The essay also focus on Richard D Lewis theory where cultures are divided in three different categories, linear-active cultures, multiactive cultures and reactive cultures. From the perspective I have chosen to describe cultural differences one can discern a tendency, but it is not possible to generalize. The conclusion, or tendency, show how all dimensions by Geert Hofstede differ from the interview-results. This conclusion questions the up-to-dateness of Hofstedes theory which many other intercultural research-works are based on. Richard D Lewis theory is in accordance with the interview-results in this study. The cultural distinctive features Lewis mention when he describes Norwegian and Swedish citizens are in accordance with the results of this study, if one choose a universal perspective. On the other hand, if one choose a Scandinavian perspective the conclusion will not correspond with Richard D Lewis theory. The conclusion of this study also confirm how culture and cultural belonging are changing depending on influences by time and other cultures. If we can acquire an increasing consciousness, cultural obstacles can be diminished. This however demand up-to-dateness on the subject.

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2002. , 73 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-57307Local ID: MKV C-26OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-57307DiVA: diva2:1121918
Subject / course
Media and Communication Studies
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