Friday, October 14, 2011

Nonverbal Communication

Gated communities are becoming something that is desired in many countries around the world, including China, Australia, Brazil and Great Britain.  The primary attraction of such a living environment is the protection of personal property and security against crimes of violence.  But how safe really are gated communities?  A point the author brings up in "Focus on Controversy: Gated Communities" is that gated communities typically look more attractive to a burglar, almost as if there were a flashing neon sign hanging overhead saying: "Great Stuff; Come Steal."

Gated communities also tend to create this feeling of segregation--both to the people living on the inside and the people on the outside.  For the people on the inside, they see people not living in their community as less fortunate, lower-class citizens.  They also have minimal contact with other ethnic groups and therefore don't have much experience with cooperation between people groups.  People on the outside usually feel one of two ways: they either stereotype gated community residents to be stuck-up, rich people who don't care about anyone else but themselves, or they long to live in a place just like it.  Equality kind of goes out the window when you have separate communities.

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