“Sitting” as a Communication Ritual with Special Attention to Alcohol Consumption in Russian Culture

Authored by: Elena V. Nuciforo

The Handbook of Communication in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138892095
eBook ISBN: 9781315709321
Adobe ISBN: 9781317485605

10.4324/9781315709321.ch19

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Abstract

When I began my study of Russian culture and communication, I came across the following story in Dale Pesmen’s book:

One night I had to leave a party early … When I said I had to go, a drunk man stood up and condemned my desertion: “That’s the difference,” he said, “between ‘you’ and ‘here.’ What’s a minute between people? When people get together, everything else should fade. Russians don’t count minutes when we sit. But some people have no soul. Exist exclusively by logic.”

(Pesmen, 2000, pp. 46–47)

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