Communication In Personal Relationships Across Cultures / Edition 1

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Overview

This innovative book contains studies of personal relationships from a variety of non-western cultures, and leaves behind the western biases that are typical of most research and theorizing done in this expanding area.

Chapters focus on personal communication practices in countries including Iran, Brazil, Mexico, China, Japan and Korea. The editors cover the major theories that explain communication across cultures through both emic and etic approaches, by examining how members of a culture understand their own communication, and by comparing specific aspects of communication across cultures. They also suggest areas for future research.

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Eighteen communication scholars survey interpersonal and intercultural communication in non-Western societies, leaving behind typical "other" biases inherent in this type of research and theory. Using both an emic (how members of a culture understand their own communication) and etic approach (comparing how specific aspects of communication occur across cultures), the contributors cover practices in China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Iran, Africa, and totalitarian societies. Paper edition (unseen), $22.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803946729
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/7/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Communication in Personal Relationships Across Cultures: An Introduction 3
2 Cross-Cultural Variability of Communication in Personal Relationships 19
3 Elementary Structures of Social Interaction 57
4 Self and OTHER: A Chinese Perspective on Interpersonal Relationships 81
5 Communication in Personal Relationships in Japan 102
6 Interpersonal Relationships in Korea 122
7 Respeto: A Mexican Base for Interpersonal Relationships 137
8 Communication and Personal Relations in Brazil 156
9 Communication in Personal Relationships in Iran: A Comparative Analysis 174
10 Interpersonal Communication in Communalistic Societies in Africa 197
11 Interpersonal Communication in Totalitarian Societies 217
12 Cross-Cultural Interpersonal Communication: Theoretical Trends and Research Directions 237
Index 263
About the Contributors 267
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