Communication Between Cultures / Edition 6

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Overview

This bestselling intercultural communication text gives readers an understanding and appreciation of different cultures and helps them develop practical skills for improving their communication with people from other cultures. COMMUNICATION BETWEEN CULTURES is renowned for being the only text on the market to consistently emphasize religion and history as key variables in intercultural communication. Packed with the latest research and filled with numerous compelling examples that force readers to examine their own assumptions and cultural biases, this book helps students understand the subtle and profound ways culture affects communication. The book is divided into four interrelated parts: Part I introduces the study of communication and culture; Part II focuses on the ability of culture to shape and modify our view of reality; Part III puts the theory of intercultural communication into practice; and Part IV converts knowledge into action.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495007272
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/6/2006
  • Series: Available Titles CengageNOW Series
  • Edition description: 6TH
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Samovar, Emeritus Professor at San Diego State University, received his Ph.D. from Purdue University, where he taught for five years. He has also been a visiting scholar at Nihon University in Japan. Additionally, Dr. Samovar has worked as a communication consultant in both the private and public sectors. He has presented over one hundred scholarly papers and conducted numerous seminars and workshops at international, national, and regional conferences. His publication list is extensive and encompasses books and articles on intercultural communication, small group communication, interpersonal communication, and public speaking. Many of his publications have been translated into foreign languages and are used in 11 countries. Professor Samovar remains active in the academic community and continues to research and write about intercultural and small group communication.

Richard E. Porter is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communication Studies at California State University where he taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in intercultural communication. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California. He began his study of intercultural communication in 1967 before there was an established field of inquiry. His work was instrumental in helping establish a foundation and structure for the study of intercultural communication that is widely used today. He has been a co-editor and co-author of intercultural communication books with Larry Samovar since 1970 and with Edwin McDaniel since 2002.

Edwin R. McDaniel was most recently Professor of Intercultural Communication at Aichi Shukutoku University, in Japan, where he taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate classes on intercultural cultural communication and comparative Japan-U.S. culture. He has also been a Japan ICU Foundation Visiting Scholar at the International Christian University in Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University and holds MA degrees in both Speech Communication and Asian History. Dr. McDaniel has taught intercultural courses at Arizona State University and San Diego State University, and he remains affiliated with the School of Communication at the latter. His recent publications include co-editing Intercultural Communication: A Reader (13th ed.), co-authoring Communication Between Cultures (7th ed.), and The Cultural Antecedents to Japanese and U.S. Negotiation" in Volume 7 of Freiberger Beitrége zur interkulturellen und Wirtschaftskommunikation . Additional publications include book chapters and journal articles related to culture and intercultural communication. His work has been published in China, Germany and Japan, and also includes numerous juried conference papers. Before beginning his academic career, Dr. McDaniel was in government service for over 20 years, during which time he lived, worked, and traveled in more than 40 countries. He has served as the Executive Coordinator of an international NGO focusing on communication between Japan and the U.S. In those positions, he prepared and presented a wide variety of written and oral presentation to government, corporate, and international representatives and executives. He continues to research a variety of issues related to Japanese—U.S. intercultural communication and divides his time between Japan and San Diego."

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Table of Contents

1. Intercultural Communication: Interaction in a Multicultural World. 2. Communication and Culture: The Voice and the Echo. 3. The Deep Structure of Culture: Lessons from the Family. 4. Cultural History: Our Antecedents. 5. Worldview: Cultural Explanations of Life and Death. 6. Cultural Values: Guidelines for Behavior. 7. Culture and Identity: Situating the Individual. 8. Verbal Messages: Exchanging Ideas Through Language. 9. Nonverbal Communication: The Messages of Action, Space, Time, and Silence. 10. Cultural Influences on Communication Contexts: Responding to the Setting.

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