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Conceptual Application Assignment by: Whitney WiseD iv ing in to th e Dom in ic a n C ul tu re
Background Located in the Caribbean Sea, The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispanola with Haiti. The capital city is Santa Domingo,established over 500 years ago. The Dominican Republic is known for their sugar caneplantations and Merengue dance culture. Some of the most beautiful beaches including Punta Cana are located on the southwest tip of the island.
What is Culture?Culture: The Rules for living and functioning in a society.
Time: PolychronicNo set start or end time. Peoplecome and go as they please.My words: What is important isnot schedules and efficiency, butevents and people.In the Dominican culture,relationships are moreimportant than schedules, sobeing late for an appointment issocially acceptable.
KinesicKinesic behavior studies includesome aspects of people’s facialexpressions, body movements,gestures, and conversationalregulators.My words: Facial expressions &gestures.In the Dominican culture, theypoint with puckered lips insteadof a finger.Wrinkling your nose means youdo not understand.
Physical AppearanceThe most externally obviousnonverbal code that covers relativelystable physical features of humanbeings.My words: The way you presentyourself; hair, makeup, clothing,body type, etc.Dominicans take pride in theirpersonal appearance. They draw onNew York fashions, wearing the latestdresses and jeans.Professional business men wearbusiness suits or the traditionalChacabana- A white shirt worn overdark pants and well shined shoes.
Collectivistic CultureThe “We” group is the major source of one’sidentity and the only secure protection onehas against the hardships of life.My words: The culture is centered onkeeping the members together.Family is one of the most importantelements to the Dominican Culture.Extended families usually live together orright next door.Within extended families informal adoptionis common. Family members take in andraise the kids when parents need help.
BeliefsIndividually held subjective ideas about thenature of an object or event.My words: Ideas that directly influence ourbehavior.Dominican’s dominant religion is Catholic.Some children are taught to “ask blessings” oftheir elders. They would say Bendicion, tia(Bless me Aunt) and the response would beDios te bendiga (May God bless you.)When a person dies a Vela (candlelight vigil)is held. Within 24 hours the casket is put inthe back of a truck and carried to thecemetery, and followed by mourners on foot.Nine days after, and every year on the day ofthe death, a vela is held.
ValuesRepresents those things we hold important in life such as morality, ethics, and aesthetics. Dominicans love music and dancing. Merengueis the national dance. Festivals or discos are heldwhere women dress in extravagant clothing with head-dresses and dance the night away. Food and diet is an important aspect of their This is a photograph of my Grandma Sarah culture. If Dominicans do not eat rice and beans taken when she was 21. This what a typical young women would wear to the discos or at midday, they feel they have not eaten. festivals. Platanos, fried bananas, are among one of the most popular dishes in the culture.
AttitudesLearned tendencies to act or respond in aspecific way to events, objects, people, ororientation.My words: The way people react basedupon the way they were raised.In the Dominican Culture, Machismo is thedesire of men to prove their manliness orsuperiority.Dominicans are very warm and friendly.They are very curious about others and liketo ask personal questions.
Perception We see, hear, feel, taste, and even smell the world through the criteria that culture has placed on our perceptions. My words: The process of selecting, organizing, and evaluating stimuli. Ex: Selecting- Greetings Organize- Handshakes or kisses Evaluate- How each greeting presents formality or informality.
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