use and cite (Kohl’s Cultural Values & Hofstede’s Dimensions of Cultural Value)
african male so paper should come from that perspective including racism and gender bias
The purpose of this assignment is for you to do an exploration of your own ideas and attitudes
about identity. It is my hope that this exercise serves as a tool to help you reflect on your identity
throughout the course, particularly in relation to the Photo Elicitation Project.
This assignment is about how our various cultural identities shape our behaviors, our leadership
style, communication, and beliefs as members of society. It will require you to examine:
• The cultural patterns (Kohl’s Cultural Values & Hofstede’s Dimensions of Cultural Value) that
reflect and predict your culture’s general beliefs and values.
• The beliefs, values, and norms that you have been taught as a member of your culture and
This is not to be an autobiography or the story of your family’s history. Think of this assignment
as an ethnography (a qualitative methodology) of a culture and its members in which you
describe and interpret the attributes and members’ behavior to those who are not familiar with
them. The twist is that the subject culture/s is your own, and the attitudes, values, beliefs, and
behavior you are examining are your own. Since you’ll be writing about your specific
Communal Identity, no citations from our textbook or other sources can be used. No one has
written about your specific Communal Identity before, therefore any citations from our textbook
or other sources will be inaccurate as they deal only with national identities.
The elements of culture that are to be reflected in your 3-page assignment are as follows:
1. Communal Identity: Your culture’s or your co-culture’s beliefs, values, and norms;
not just yours! Communal means “shared,” so you’ll share these beliefs, values and
norms with those who share your communal identity.
2. The name of your culture or co-culture. Your communal identity consists of your
culture and the specifics you were born into in the five categories below:
• Ethnicity • Gender • Generation • socioeconomic status • region of birth or where
you spent the majority of your life.
3. Kohls’ Values Americans Live By What are these and how do they show up for those
who share your communal identity? (remember to view these as contrasts, e.g.
Personal Control over the Environment vs. Fate)
4. Hofstede’s Indices: What are these and how are they apparent for those who share
your communal identity?
5. Social/Relational Identities The specific organizations and groups that have shaped
you and how they have shaped you. Identify each of the groups you belong to, or
have belonged to, and what effects they have had on your behavior and your
communication with: family • religion • schools • jobs • clubs, interest groups •
6. Personal Identity Just you…what makes you unique? (Personal introspection and
evaluation required) How your own experiences, attributes, and abilities shape and
influence your own personal beliefs on Discuss your beliefs on how each of these
terms impact communication skills with others.