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In this Fifth Edition, author Fred E. Jandt once again sparks student interest in this ever-changing field with an easy-to-read, highly accessible and exciting introduction to the art of effectively communicating across group barriers. An Introduction to Intercultural Communication: Identities in a Global Community explores the key concepts of communication and culture, addressing: group barriers that make such communication challenging; dimensions of culture; multiculturalism; women, family, and children; and more — while retaining its unique, non-biased appreciation for all cultures and ethnic groups. Students acquire valuable verbal and nonverbal communication skills, learn to communicate in unfamiliar settings, and recognize culture’s influence on self-perception.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412914420
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/29/2006
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred E. Jandt (Ph.D., Bowling Green State University) is Professor of Communication at CSU San Bernardino. He was a visiting professor at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and has also taught at SUNY-Brockport (where he became SUNY’s first director of faculty development). For SAGE, he is the author of a best-selling introductory textbook, An Introduction to Intercultural Communication: Identities in a Global Community, 4/e (2004), and the editor of Intercultural Communication: A Global Reader (2004); in addition, he’s also the author of Win-Win Negotiating (1985, Wiley; translated into 7 languages), Effective Interviewing for Paralegals, 2/e (1994, Anderson), Straight Answers to People Problems (1993, Mc Graw-Hill), Conflict Resolution through Communication (1975, Harper Collins) and co-editor of Constructive Conflict Management: Asia-Pacific Cases (1996). He attends and presents at major national and international conferences.

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Table of Contents

PART I: Culture as Context for Communication
Chapter 1. The Dispute Over Defining Culture
From the Intercultural Perspective
Chapter 2. Defining Communication as an Element of Culture
Confucian Perspectives on Communication
Western Perspectives on Communication
Components of Communication
Communication Contexts
Intercultural Communication Ethics
Intercultural Communication Competence
Communication Approach
From the Intercultural Perspective
Chapter 3. Culture’s Influence on Perception
Our Senses and Their Limitations
Effect of Culture on Sensing
High Versus Low Context
The Concept of Face
A Case Study of Perception and Food
From the Intercultural Perspective
PART II: Communication Variables
Chapter 4. Barriers to Intercultural Communication
Assuming Similarity Instead of Difference
Negative Effects on Communication
Stereotypes and Prejudice
Case Study of Intercultural Communication Barriers:
China and the United States
Regional Differences
China-U.S. Relationship Issues
From the Intercultural Perspective
Chapter 5. Nonverbal Communication
Nonverbal Behaviors as Cues
Nonverbal Communication as Intentional Communication
Knowing Culture Through Nonverbal Messages
Nonverbal Misinterpretations as a Barrier
Nonverbal Message Codes
Clothing and Physical Appearance
Case Study: The Wai in Thailand
From the Intercultural Perspective
Chapter 6. Language as a Barrier
Study of Language Origins
Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
Development of the Hypothesis
Translation Problems
Vocabulary Equivalence
Idiomatic Equivalence
Grammatical-Syntactical Equivalence
Experiential Equivalence
Conceptual Equivalence
Pidgins, Creoles, and Universal Languages
Language as Nationalism
English: A History of Borrowed Words
The Spread of English
South Africa
Australia and New Zealand
United States
From the Intercultural Perspective
PART III: Cultural Values
Chapter 7. Dimensions of Culture
Individualism Versus Collectivism
Case Study: Japan as a Homogeneous Culture
Masculinity Versus Femininity
Power Distance
Uncertainty Avoidance
Long-Term Versus Short-Term Orientation
Case Study: Singapore
Case Study: Commercial Airline Pilots
Case Study: China
From the Intercultural Perspective
Chapter 8. Dominant U.S. Cultural Patterns: Using Value Orientation Theory
Origins of U.S. Cultural Patterns
Pre-16th-Century Indigenous Americans
European Enlightenment
Regional Differences Resulting From Immigration
Forces Toward the Development of a Dominant Culture
Value Orientation Theory
What Is a Human Being’s Relation to Nature?
The Individual-and-Nature Relationship
Science and Technology
What Is the Modality of Human Activity?
Activity and Work
Efficiency and Practicality
Progress and Change
What Is the Temporal Focus of Human Life?
What Is the Character of Innate Human Nature?
What Is the Relationship of the Individual to Others?
Social Organization
Forces Toward the Development of Regional Cultures
The New Regions
From the Intercultural Perspective
Chapter 9. Comparative Cultural Patterns: Arab Culture
The Arab States
The Islamic Faith
Muhammad, the Prophet
The Koran
Religious Practices
Saudi Arabia
Discovery of Oil
Ruling Saud Family and Conservative Wahhabism
Dominant Cultural Patterns
Activity Orientation
Time Orientation
Human Nature Orientation
Relational Orientation
Communication Barriers
Political Unrest and Terrorism
Westernization Versus Cultural Norms
From the Intercultural Perspective
Chapter 10. Women, Families, and Children
Perspectives on Communication of Women
Status of Women
Human Development Index
Literacy and Education
Life Expectancy
Political Participation
Comparison of Individual Countries
Nordic Countries
South Korea
Sub-Saharan Africa
Arab States
Status of Families
Status of Children
From the Intercultural Perspective
Chapter 11. Contact Between Cultures
Cultural Imperialism
Cultural Icons
Cultural Hegemony
Japanese Icon in Mexico
U.S. Cultural Icons
Diffusion Model
Case Study: Quality Circles
Convergence Model
Democracy in Bolivia and Botswana
Adapting the Message
Marketing Gerber Baby Foods Worldwide
Religious Missionary Work in New Guinea
From the Intercultural Perspective
PART IV: Cultures Within Cultures
Chapter 12. Immigration and Acculturation
Culture Shock
Stages of Culture Shock
Reverse Culture Shock
Third-Culture Kids
Migration From Japan to Brazil and Peru
Migration to Argentina
Migration From the United States to Brazil
Recent Immigration to Western Europe
Immigration to the United States
Distribution Within the United States
Predictors of Acculturation
Similarity of Culture
Personal Characteristics and Experiences
Effect of Media and Transportation Advances
Categories of Acculturation
Citizenship Policies
United States
From the Intercultural Perspective
Chapter 13. Cultures in Marginalization and Separation and Segregation
Marginalization: The Hmong
Cultural Patterns
Marginalization: Russians in Latvia
Separation: The Amish
Diversity Among the Amish
African Americans
German Reunification
Asian-American Cultures
Asian Immigration to the United States
Indigenous Cultures
From the Intercultural Perspective
Chapter 14. Assimilation and Integration
Assimilation: Australia
Assimilation: U.S.
Melting Pot Concept
Post-Communist Russia
Integration: U.S.
From Melting Pot to Symphony and Stew
Asian-American Cultures
Hispanic Cultures
Postethnic United States
Communication Barriers in Integrated Societies
From the Intercultural Perspective
Chapter 15. Identity and Subgroups
Specialized Vocabulary
Argot and Subgroup Identity
Argot and Subgroup Boundaries
Argot and Meaning
Subgroup Media and Values
Examples of Subgroups
The Working Class
British Punk
Corporate Cultures
Labeling Subgroups as “Others”
Claiming and Redefining the Label
Rejecting All Labels
Subgroup Indicators
Media and Marketing
Prejudice Against Subgroups
“Same Sex” Marriage or Marriage?
Assimilation of Subgroups
From the Intercultural Perspective

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