Intercultural Communication in Contexts

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-07-25
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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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


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


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

The Study of Language: Thinking Dialectically

Cultural Variations in Language

Discourse: Language and Power

Moving Between Languages

Language and Identity

Language Politics and Policies

Language and Globalization

Chapter 7. Nonverbal Codes and Cultural Space

Defining Nonverbal Communication: Thinking Dialectically

The Universality of Nonverbal Behavior

Defining Cultural Space


Chapter 8. Understanding Intercultural Transitions

Types of Migrant Groups

Culture Shock

Migrant-Host Relationships

Culture Shock

Migrant-Host Relationships

Cultural Adaptation

Identity and Adaptation

Thinking Dialectically About Intercultural Transitions

Chapter 9. Folk Culture, Popular Culture, and Intercultural Communication

Learning About Cultures Without Personal Experience

Consuming and Resisting Popular Culture

Representing Cultural Groups

U.S. Popular Culture and Power

Chapter 10. Culture, Communication, and Intercultural Relationships

Benefits and Challenges of Intercultural Relationships

Cultural Differences in Relationships

Relationships Across Differences

Contexts of Intercultural Relationships

Chapter 11. Culture, Communication, and Conflict

Characteristics of Intercultural Conflict

Two Orientations to Conflict

Cross-Cultural Differences in Conflict Views

The Interpersonal Approach to Conflict

Interpretive and Critical Approaches to Social Conflict

Managing Intercultural Conflict

Chapter 12. The Outlook for Intercultural Communication

The Components of Competence

Applying Knowledge about Intercultural Communication

What the Future Holds

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