High Context, Relationship Oriented, or Low Context, Task Oriented?
This activity was authored by Carrie Cameron, co-author of Cultural Detective® Russia
The concepts of high and low context were first introduced in the 1950s and 60s by Edward T. Hall. These concepts are still widely used to help understand intercultural communication.
In high context communication most of the meaning is embedded in the context: in tone of voice, body language, setting or location, who is present. In low context communication most of the meaning is embedded in the words themselves: what is actually said or written. While there are many variations, quite often high context communication is accompanied by a focus on human relationships, and low context communication is accompanied by a focus on accomplishing a task.
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