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Silent Communication of Japanese Society

by Wong Ngan Ling

Publisher - University of Malaya Press

Category - General Academics

In communication, a manifestation of silence indicates that one of the persons involved is either showing a restrained attitude or is refraining from saying what he/she wants to say in the presence of others, particularly in the public sphere. Contributing factors for keeping such a reserved attitude vary from one culture to another. The reasons behind silence can be many as they encompass many factors such as one’s historical background, personal experiences, values, age and individual perceptions of others. This book provides an alternate perspective of looking at silent communication as compared to the kind of silence observed by the Japanese. In Japan, where group‐orientation and interdependence are paramount, communication through silence is preferable as silence serves as a positive connotation. This book, however, discusses how silence is used as a means of communication between the Japanese and British people. It also provides an insight into the positive meanings and functions disclosed by the use of silence between the two cultures. The discussions provided are developed from cross‐cultural comparisons made of the Japanese and British people. For those who are interested in Japanese culture, this book will aid you in gaining an understanding as to why silence is a significant aspect of communication in Japanese society. It will also serve as a window to view the generational and gender differences in terms of the silence displayed within Japanese society and whether or not there is any clear distinction in how silence is used in a communication exchange within the public and private spheres. In addition, this book will also reveal the extent of which silence is being employed in similar ways by the younger generation of Japan. All in all, this book leads you into the intriguing world of silence. It will help you to understand more about Japanese culture and change the way you look at the communicative world.

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