Chief Communications: Communication and Cultural Practices among Samoan Matais

Rebecca Johnston (1)
(1) Texas Tech University - USA , United States

Abstract

Samoa and American Samoa provide researchers a unique opportunity to explore acculturation and intercultural communication practices. However, this region has been the focus of comparatively few studies. This case study of Samoan chiefs provides insight into the way a culture has adapted its discourse practices to include those who have immigrated to other countries. By comparing the structure, context, and function of chiefs’ communication practices both in and out of Samoa, a picture of cultural adaptations emerges.

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Authors

Rebecca Johnston
becky.johnston@ttu.edu (Primary Contact)
Author Biography

Rebecca Johnston, Texas Tech University - USA

Rebecca Johnston is a doctoral candidate in technical communication and rhetoric at Texas Tech University. She has taught writing and new media courses for the past five years. Previously, she worked as a professional communicator for Iomega and IBM.

Johnston, R. (2010). Chief Communications: Communication and Cultural Practices among Samoan Matais. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 10(1), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v10i1.495

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