Communication through non-semantic and non-verbal means varies across cultures as much as vocabulary and grammar. Cultural misunderstanding has fueled conflict between the US and Iran in the recent past – conflict that was exacerbated by a political ideology that placed no importance on culture as a factor in international relations. At present, political relations between the US and Iran are hostile and there is talk of war. During such a critical period, effective communication between the two nations is essential. While both countries have excellent translators, language is only the beginning of cross-cultural communication. In this study I explore some of the most problematic differences in non-verbal and non-semantic communication between the US and Iran and propose action needed to overcome them.
University of Minnesota master's thesis. Spring 2012. Degree: Master of Liberal Studies. Advisors: Will Dikel, Pary Pezechkian-Weinberg. 1 computer file (PDF)
The Lens Inverts the Image: How Cultural Differences beyond Language Affect Dialog between the US and Iran.
Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy,
Content distributed via the University of Minnesota's Digital Conservancy may be subject to additional license and use restrictions applied by the depositor.