While there are some universally recognizable facial expressions, different cultures have different rules for displaying them. This article looks at why Americans smile more than people from other countries.
Growing controversy over the use of a nonverbal gesture linked to Nazi Germany is increasing in France. Questions of racial/cultural hatred versus freedom of expression, political correctness, and history are part of the discussion in this very real case study currently unfolding.
- BBC News – Who, What, Why: What is the quenelle gesture? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-25550581
- The Daily Mirror (UK Newspaper) – Nicolas Anelka, Dieudonné and why la quenelle can never be considered an innocent gesture: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/nicolas-anelka-quenelle-dieudonnes-la-2970567
- Haaretz (Israeli Newspaper) – What the hell is a ‘quenelle’? Why everyone is searching Google for an anti-Semitic salute: http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/routine-emergencies/1.566422