Intercultural Communication in Contexts / Edition 6

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With the rapid expansion of globalization, intercultural contact is now part of daily life for most of us. Intercultural Communication in Contexts examines communication in multicultural relationships and provides practitioners with the tools for effective communication amid cultural, ethnic, and religious differences. Students are introduced to the primary approaches for studying intercultural communication along with a theoretical and practical framework for applying these approaches themselves.
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A text in intercultural communication, with sections on foundations, processes, and application. Offers explicit discussion of different research approaches to intercultural communication, focusing on both strengths and limitations, and pays special attention to history, popular culture, and identity as important factors. Includes boxed readings of student voices, plus chapter summaries, questions, activities, and key words. This second edition offers expanded discussion of the dialectical perspective, mediation, social class, and religion. The author is affiliated with Arizona State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780078036774
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 3/2/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 91,967
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith N. Martin is currently Herberger Professor of Communication in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. She received her Ph.D. in speech communication from the Pennsylvania State University. She also studied at the Université de Grenoble for a year, and was involved in study aboard administration for a number of years. She also has experience in cross cultural training and has co-authored three books with Prof. Tom Nakayama. Her current research interests focus on: the role of communication in cross cultural transitions, white identity and and communication, and pedagogical issues in teaching intercultural communication.

Thomas K. Nakayama is Professor and Director of the Department of Communications Studies, Northeastern University. He received his Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Iowa. He has been a Fulbright lecturer at the Université de Mons-Hainaut in Belgium and Libra Professor at the University of Maine. He has taught at Arizona State University, California State University, San Bernardino and the University of Iowa. His interests are in critical theory, cultural studies, and rhetorical studies.

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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.

From History to Histories

History, Power, and Intercultural Communication

History and Identity

Intercultural Communication and History


Chapter 5.

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 andIdentity

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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