Comparative Regional Systems. West and East Europe, North by Werner J. Feld

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This principle asserts that retention is a function of activities occurring subsequent to the original learning; with d e creasing similarity, retention never reaches the level attained with maximum similarity. (63) Assuming some degree of retention, the next problem to be considered is that of communication and persuasion. This, t o o , is primarily a problem of social psychology. Characteristics of the source and the recipient of the communication, as well as the nature of that interaction, render an influence attempt either e f f e c t i v e or ineffective.

1. It can be summarized as follows. Perspectives include descriptions and evaluations of other nations. They are shaped by socialization experiences, changed by such intercultural programs as workshops and exchanges, and communicated through an intrasocietal dialogue between partisans and authorities. Translated into actions, the perspectives affect intersocietal processes. They may determine a willingness to negotiate, affect negotiating behavior, or be the subject of the negotiation. Emerging from these activities is a redefinition or reinforcement of existing relationships an outcome that feeds back on the domestic perspectives.

Regions are structured fields for perceptions. The accuracy and content of perceptions are affected by such variables as proximity, frequency of contact, type and institutionalization of the intersocietal relationship, and dimensions of difference between the societies. Conditions that facilitate contact and interaction enhance accuracy. As familiarity with members of a foreign culture increases, it is more likely that salient group characteristics will be included in perceptions. Less familiarity is likely to increase the projective content of perceptions.

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