Award Date

1-1-2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication Studies

First Committee Member

Tara Emmers-Sommer

Number of Pages

83

Abstract

In light of globalization, it is ever more valuable to understand how culture influences the way people manage conflict. Opportunities for individuals from varied cultural backgrounds to interact, and therefore conflict, are inherently greater because the technologies, economies, and livelihoods of people of many countries are increasingly interdependent. The purpose of this study was to examine factors influencing people's individualistic-collectivistic culture tendencies and conflict styles, and investigate acculturation as a moderating factor between individualism-collectivism and conflict style among foreign nationals living within the United States. In addition to acculturation, variables that could affect acculturation were also measured, including media use, religiosity, and biological sex. The data revealed statistically-significant relationships for media-use, religiosity, acculturation, and race on individualism-collectivism and conflict styles, and supported the idea that acculturation is a moderating factor between individualism-collectivism and conflict style, although this relationship was only significant among those who preferred the dominating conflict style.

Keywords

Acculturation; Conflict; Culture; Effects; Style

Controlled Subject

Mass media

Disciplines

Higher Education

File Format

pdf

File Size

2.05 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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