Edward T. Hall’s Cultural Iceberg

Edward T. Hall’s Cultural Iceberg Model

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Presentation Script:

 

Part 1: 

In 1976 Edward T. Hall suggested that culture was like an iceberg in that there are two parts to culture – internal and external.

 

Part 2:

Only a small portion of the external culture is above water and is visible in the behaviors of a society.

 

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The larger portion, internal culture, is hidden beneath the surface in the beliefs, values, and thought patterns of a society. In other words, the external culture is part of the conscious mind, and internal culture is part of the subconscious mind.

 

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Hall suggests that the only way to learn the beliefs, values, and thought patterns of others is by actively participating in their culture.

 

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When individuals visit a new culture, only the behaviors are apparent at first, but as they spend more time interacting with others in that new culture, that which is hidden beneath the surface begins to present itself.

 

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Okay, so it’s not a perfect metaphor, but sometimes living in a new culture feels like you’re on a sinking ship. And though it may not seem like it at the time, the more time you spend feeling like you’re sinking the closer you are to understanding those strange birds around you.