Voices from Oman: Functional Discourse in the Electronic Age

By Connie S. Eigenmann.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Arab gender dichotomy and established cultural behavior disproves hegemonic studies claiming decreased social involvement and psychological unrest in the use of electronic devices such as the internet and cellular telephones. Cultural preservation of interpersonal relationships through 14 electronic means and devices is recorded as prevalent for the Sultanate of Oman. Intercultural communication should include a slower rate of incursion into the culture, and honor established cultural behaviors. Special attention must be paid to religious and gender codes which often reverse western norms. Electronic means of communication are tools, and rarely supersede interpersonal face-to-face negotiations. Communication, whether oral, written or electronic, is an individualistic art when it employs cellular telephones or the Internet in the Sultanate of Oman. Sensitivity is required for communication with all Arab cultures, and few are adept enough to perceive its nuances and implications. This study has provided productive intercultural communication to reclaim a positive Arab identity. The call is to altruistic professionals for Oman’s inclusion as a valid voice in the 21st century. Research and intercultural communication should begin by teaching, participation and observation to reduce assumption and communication mismanagement.

Keywords: Sultanate of Oman, Cellular Telephone Usage, Internet Usage, Arab Culture, Cultural Preservation, Interpersonal Communication

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.37-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 785.494KB).

Dr. Connie S. Eigenmann

Associate Professor, Communication Studies, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS, USA

Connie S. Eigenmann-Malik (B. A. Eastern Illinois University 1991, M. A. Eastern Illinois University 1992, Ph. D. University of Oklahoma 1995) has been affiliated with 15 professional communication organizations. She has presented 23 refereed papers in intercultural communication and rhetoric; with research interests in electronic communication usage and storytelling. Dr. Eigenmann has work experience in international management and consulting (5 years); public relations (3 years), university development and telemarketing (3 years); speech clinic & forensics judging (3 years); and teaching in higher education (20 years). Before joining the faculty at Fort Hays State University, she acted as Head of Business Communications, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman; Dean of the Indianapolis College of Business and Computer Science in Lahore, Pakistan; and Professor of English Communication at Shantou University, China. She has been affiliated with Lamson & Sessions, Inc. as a technical writer for their electrical conduit and fixture warehouse in Oklahoma City, USA.

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