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GURU

  • A Sanskrit and pan-Indian word denoting a spiritual master or teacher. It implies an initiatory relation between master and disciple.
  • Passes on oral tradition and ascetic regimen to the student.

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GWEILO

A derogatory term meaning "Foreign devil" or "white ghost" used by the Chinese in South of Mainland China and Hong Kong to refer to Westerners.

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ALLMARKS OF HUMANITY

Good and evil, imagination, laughter, love.

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HARMONY

One of the seven fundamental value dimensions of Shalom Schwartz measuring the fitting in harmoniously with the environment.

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HEAD, VILLAGE

A local leader in a tribal society who has limited authority, leads by example and persuasion, and must be generous.

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HEALTH-CARE SYSTEMS

Beliefs, customs, knowledge and specialists concerned with ensuring health and preventing and curing illness; a cultural universal.

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HEGEMONY

Term derived from the work of the Italian writer and political theorist Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937), which refers to the ability of a dominant group to exert or maintain control through a combination of overt and subtle mechanisms.

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HELPING BEHAVIOUR

  • Prosocial behaviour that benefits others more than the person.
  • Different from prosocial cooperation, in which mutual benefit is gained.

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HEURISTICS

Rules of thumb or shortcuts for making judgements for which we have insufficient or unverified information.

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HIDDEN TRANSCRIPT

A term used by James Scott to describe the coded critique of power by the oppressed that goes on offstage and in private, where the power holders can't see it.

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HIERARCHY

One of the seven fundamental value dimensions of Shalom Schwartz measuring the unequal distribution of power in a culture.

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HIGH CONTEXT AND LOW CONTEXT CULTURES

  • All communication (verbal as well as nonverbal) is contextually bound.
  • What we do or do not pay attention to is largely dictated by cultural contexting. In low-context cultures, the majority of the information is explicitly communicated in the verbal message.
  • In high-context cultures the information is embedded in the context. High- and low-context cultures also differ in their definition of social and power hierarchies, relationships, work ethics, business practices, time management.
  • Low-context cultures tend to emphasize the individual while high-context cultures places more importance on the collective.

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HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS

Also called diachronic linguistics, is the study of how and why languages change.

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HOLISTIC

  • Emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts.
  • Interested in the whole of the human condition: past, present, and future; biology, society, language, and culture.

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HOLOCULTURAL ANALYSIS

A paradigm of research for testing hypotheses "by means of correlations found in a worldwide, comparative study whose units of study are entire societies or cultures, and whose sampling universe is either (a) all known cultures... Or (b) all known primitive tribes."