What Is the Relationship, If Any, Between Culture and Communication?

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1.an almost absolute relationship: culture is the basis of human communication

2. the few people who survive outside of culture have virtually no communication http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2008/re…

3. the key link between the two is the ability to develop symbolic interraction ie to develop the skill of using symbols to represent abstract ideas. Helen Keller became blind and deaf when she was two, so suffered a major set back in acquiring culture. In this article, and film reconstruction, , she is recalling the moment when she learnt the key to culture - the ability to understand the connections between communication and abstract symbols, beginning with the symbol for water http://www.awesomestories.com/assets/hel…

4. Because most of us learn this connection when we are very young we don't realise the signficance of culture and of exchanging cultural ideas through symbolic interaction. We tend to believe communication is a natural and normal part of our human world.

5. Berger and Luckmann's 'the Social Construction of Reality' is one of the most useful texts on this. here is a short summary of their key ideas http://www.public.iastate.edu/~s2005.soc…

6. Herbert Mead and Cooley and Jane Addams are the sociologists who contributed the initial concepts of Symbolic Interraction detailing the ways in which we acquire these three interlocking processes: culture, the different stages of communication, and of our sense of 'self' http://www.bolenderinitiatives.com/socio…

for a web site on Mead ..you can also track the other theorists from this initial web site
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