Wrapping Culture Politeness, Presentation, and Power in Japan and Other Societies

Wrapping Culture

Uitgever: Oxford University Press

Auteur: Joy Hendry
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9780198280286
  • Druk: New edition
  • april 1995
  • 216 pagina's
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Wrapping Culture examines problems of intercultural communication and the possibilities for misinterpretation of the familiar in an unfamiliar context. Starting with an examination of Japanese gift-wrapping, Joy Hendry demonstrates how our expectations are often influenced by cultural factors which may blind us to an appreciation of underlying intent. She extends this approach to the study of polite language as the wrapping of thoughts and intentions, garments as body wrappings, constructions and gardens as wrapping of space. Hendry shows how this extends even to the ways in which people may be wrapped in seating arrangements, or meetings and drinking customs may be constrained by temporal versions of wrapping. Throughout the book, Hendry considers ways in which groups of people use such symbolic forms to impress and manipulate one another, and points out a Western tendency to underestimate such nonverbal communication, or reject it as mere decoration. She presents ideas that should be valid in any intercultural encounter and demonstrates that Japanese culture, so often thought of as a special case, can supply a model through which we can formulate general theories about human behavior.

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an original and stimulating account of contemporary Japanese culture ... Hendry writes prose which is lucid and refreshingly jargon-free * John Adamson, Sunday Telegraph * Quite remarkable ... she writes with wit and style and expounds her thesis with plenty of illuminating evidence and anecdote ... Hendry in this book makes another enormous contribution to a social analysis of Japan. This is enriching reading for anyone, especially those who have a commitment to being involved in Japan either for business or leisure. * Insight Japan *

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Taal
Engels
Bindwijze
Paperback
Druk
New edition
Verschijningsdatum
1995-04-13
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24,1 x 16,5 x 1,9 cm
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216 pagina's
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Auteur
Joy Hendry
Uitgever
Oxford University Press

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9780198280286

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Oorspronkelijke releasedatum
1995-04-13
Subtitel
Politeness, Presentation, and Power in Japan and Other Societies
Thema Qualifier Code
1FPJ
Thema Subject Code
JHM

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