Communication between Cultures

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This new edition of Samovar and Porter's best-selling text gives students an understanding and appreciation of different cultures and helps them develop practical skills for improving their communication with people from other cultures. Packed with the latest research and filled with numerous, compelling examples that force students 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 ...
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Overview

This new edition of Samovar and Porter's best-selling text gives students an understanding and appreciation of different cultures and helps them develop practical skills for improving their communication with people from other cultures. Packed with the latest research and filled with numerous, compelling examples that force students 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: 9780534534615
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition number: 4

Table of Contents

Preface. PART I: COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE. 1. INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION: INTERACTION IN A DIVERSE WORLD. The Challenge of Intercultural Communication. The Importance of Communication. Points of Contact. Studying Intercultural Communication. Preview of the Book. Summary. 2. COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE: THE VOICE AND THE ECHO. The Importance of Communication. Defining Communication. Communication Is Symbolic. Communication is Systemic. Communication Involves Making Inferences. Communication Is Self-Reflective. Communication Has a Consequence. Communication is Complex. Understanding Culture. Intercultural Communication. Summary. PART II: THE INFLUENCE OF CULTURE. 3. CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN PERCEPTION: ALTERNATIVE VIEWS OF REALITY. Defining Perception. Culture and Perception. Beliefs. Values. Cultural Patterns. Dominant American Cultural Patterns. Diverse Cultural Patterns. Summary. 4. THE DEEP STRUCTURE: ROOTS AND REALITY. The Deep Structure of Culture. World View. Religion as a World View. Six Religion Traditions. A Comparison of World Views. Family. History. Summary. PART III: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE. 5. LANGUAGE AND CULTURE: WORDS AND MEANINGS. The Importance of Language. Language and Culture. Foreign Languages and Translation. Language Diversity in the United States. Summary. 6. NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION: THE MESSAGES OF ACTION, SPACE, TIME, AND SILENCE. The Importance of Nonverbal Communication. Defining Nonverbal Communication. Functions of Nonverbal Communication. Nonverbal Communication: Guidelines and Limitations. Nonverbal Communication and Culture. Classifications of Nonverbal Behavior. Space and Distance. Time. Silence. Summary. 7. CULTURALINFLUENCES ON CONTEXT: THE BUSINESS SETTING. Context and Communication. Culture and the Business Context. The International Business Context. The Domestic Business Context. Summary. 8. CULTURAL INFLUENCES ON CONTEXT: THE EDUCATIONAL SETTING. Culture and Education. Multicultural Education in the United States. Improving Communication in the Multicultural Classroom. Multicultural Teaching Competencies. Summary. 9. CULTURAL INFLUENCES ON CONTEXT: THE HEALTH CARE SETTING. Health Care and Communication. Causes, Treatment, and Prevention of Illness. Religion, Spirituality, and Health Care. Health Care for a Diverse Population. Improving the Multicultural Health Care Interaction. Summary. PART IV: KNOWLEDGE INTO ACTION. 10. ACCEPTING DIFFERENCES AND APPRECIATING SIMILARITIES: A POINT OF VIEW. A Philosophy Change. Potential Problems in Intercultural Communication. Becoming Competent. Improving Intercultural Communication. Learn About Cultural Adaptation. Ethical Considerations. Guidelines for an Intercultural Ethic. The Future of Intercultural Communication. SUMMARY. NOTES. INDEX.
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