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The Spiral of Negative Intergroup Relations: A study on Communication and Identity in Spain
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 180 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

We have from our research, conducted in Guardamar del Segura, Spain, discovered that most of the communication between native Spaniards and immigrant Bulgarians is negative non-verbal communication which leads to a division between the two groups. The result of high unemployment and social stress, which the current situation in Spain provides, tend to create stronger ties inside the groups and at the same time enlarge the distance towards other groups. Also, the large amount of nonverbal communication such as observing each other’s behavior leads in this case to negative stereotyping and prejudices that creates and maintain the different group’s relations in the society. 

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2014. , 57 p.
Keyword [en]
Communication Accommodation, Convergence and Divergence, Upward and Downward, Over-accommodation and Under-accommodation, Intergroup behavior, group identification, self-interest
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-43231OAI: diva2:812039
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Cruz Roja Alicante/Cruz Roja Guardamar del Segura
Subject / course
Media and Communications Science
Educational program
Media and Communication with a Specialization in Development Communication, 180 credits
Available from: 2015-05-18 Created: 2015-05-14 Last updated: 2015-05-18Bibliographically approved

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