Hierarchy (Dengji): A pyramid of interconnected relationships

Liu, Shuang (2011) Hierarchy (Dengji): A pyramid of interconnected relationships. China Media Research, 7 4: 77-84.

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Author Liu, Shuang
Title Hierarchy (Dengji): A pyramid of interconnected relationships
Formatted title
Hierarchy (Dengji): A pyramid of interconnected relationships
Journal name China Media Research
ISSN 1556-889X
Publication date 2011-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 7
Issue 4
Start page 77
End page 84
Total pages 8
Place of publication Lansing, MI, U.S.A.
Publisher Marsland Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Hierarchy is a relational matrix of status ranking. The collectivist Chinese culture that cultivates the interdependent sense of self constructs a social order based on hierarchy. The respect for hierarchy dates back to Confucianism, which defines five cardinal relationships between ruler and ruled, husband and wife, parents and children, older and younger brothers, and friends. Adherence to these hierarchical relationships is expected to yield social harmony and maintain stability. In social systems like organizations, hierarchies are constituted by networks of graded relationships that both pattern and are patterned by communication systems. Each position in the networks serves to empower or constrain the how, what, when, where and with whom an organization member can and will communicate. This paper explores the cultural roots of hierarchy, its maintenance in Chinese organizations, and its implications for communication.
Keyword Collectivist culture
Interdependent self
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Wed, 22 Feb 2012, 08:32:03 EST by Dr Shuang Liu on behalf of School of Journalism and Communication