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This text addresses the core issues and concerns of intercultural communication by integrating three different perspectives: the social psychological, the interpretive, and the critical. The dialectical framework, integrated throughout the book, is used as a lens to examine the relationship of these research traditions. It offers students a framework for thinking about intercultural communication and the multiple ways of approaching it. This text is unique in its emphasis on the importance of histories, popular culture and identities.
Table of Contents
PART I. FOUNDATIONS OF INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
Chapter 1. Why Study Intercultural Communication?
The Technological Imperative
The Demographic Imperative
The Economic Imperative
The Peace Imperative
The Self-Awareness Imperative
The Ethical Imperative
Chapter 2. The History of the Study of Intercultural Communication
The Early Development of the Discipline
Perception and Worldview of the Researcher
Three Approaches to Studying Intercultural Communication
A Dialectical Approach to Understanding Culture and Communication
Chapter 3. Culture, Communication, Context, and Power
What is Culture?
What is Communication?
The Relationship Between Culture and Communication
The Relationship Between Communication and Context
The Relationship Between Communication and Power
Chapter 4. History
From History to Histories
History, Power, and Intercultural Communication
History and Identity
Intercultural Communication and History
PART II. INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION PROCESSES
Chapter 5. Identity
A Dialectical Approach to Understanding Identity
Social and Cultural Identities
Identity, Stereotypes, and Prejudice
Identity Development Issues
Identity and Language
Identity and Communication
Chapter 6. Language and Intercultural Communication