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Value-laden symbols would introduce a whole array of prejudices in favor of one value system and give rise to a heightened awareness of diversity, thus generating disagreements and conflicts. Now, however, a symbol system is required which is more neutral in regard to the diverse and yet interdependent value systems involved, but which is endowed with consensual meanings and motivational force because participants engaged in a common task have found it productive for maintaining their interdependence, respecting their diversity and coordinating their joint actions.

The cold war of the 1940's and 1950's was witness to a lack of tolerance for global ideological diversity. However, in the latter half of this century United States foreign policy has become more tolerant of cultural and ideological diversity. United States rapprochement with China and détente with the Soviet Union are indications of that change. The United States' policy of non-alignment in Southeast Asia and the middle East offers further evidence of a growing tolerance for cultural pluralism.

Cahn, Dudley D. publisher : State University of New York Press isbn10 | asin : 0873959108 print isbn13 : 9780873959100 ebook isbn13 : 9780585089942 language : English subject Interpersonal communication. 2 subject : Interpersonal communication. Page i Communication in Interpersonal Relationships Page ii SUNY Series in Human Communication Processes Donald P. Cushman and D. Larry Kincaid, Editors Page iii Communication in Interpersonal Relationships DONALD P. CUSHMAN State University of New York at Albany and DUDLEY D.

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