Intercultural Communication: A Reader / Edition 12

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The ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse cultures benefits each of us as individuals and has the potential to improve the lives of the more than 6.5 billion people with whom we share this planet. With a wide range of articles from around the globe, this reader will help you understand and apply the principles of intercultural communication-giving you the tools to become a more culturally aware communicator for life!

This reader is the perfect companion to Samovar and Porter's text, Communication Between Cultures, Fifth Edition (ISBN: 0-534-56929-3). With current examples drawn from different fields-including health care, business, and education-Communication Between Cultures offers practical advice you'll be able to apply to your future.

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Editorial Reviews

This anthology contains 44 readings that introduce practices and theories essential to communicating with people from other cultures and communicating within subcultures in the US. This tenth edition offers 28 new essays, 15 of them written for this anthology, including a new reading on communication codes between Israelite-Jews and Palestinians. Samovar is affiliated with San Diego State University. Porter is affiliated with California State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"I can appreciate the return to older essays as intercultural communication may evolve, yet, stay the same. Case in point is the reintroduction of culturally significant nonverbal communication which was explored in earlier editions and has now resurfaced with our involvement in the Middle East."

"I like [the proposal] very much. Bringing back some of the articles from previous editions will provide students with an historical perspective that is not found in the current edition, and will serve to bring some sense of scholarly continuity to the study of intercultural communication. The final "New Perspectives" chapter then points to the future of this field of study, again providing continuity."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495554189
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/8/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.77 (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 was also an invited scholar at Nihon University in Japan. As an early pioneer in the field of intercultural communication, he has been a guest speaker at many universities in the United States. In addition, Dr. Samovar has worked as a communication consultant in both the private and public sectors. He has written and/or edited 14 textbooks--totaling 45 editions. Many of his publications have been translated into foreign languages and are used in 11 countries. As an active researcher he has presented more than 100 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.

RICHARD E. PORTER (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, Long Beach. He developed his interest in intercultural communication in 1967 before there was an established field of study. His early work along with that of other pioneers in the field laid a basic structural foundation which has been used by many later scholars as the field developed and expanded. He created and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in intercultural communication for 30 years. Dr. Porter is the co-author and editor of 4 books with 24 editions that deal with the subject of intercultural communication.

EDWIN (ED) R. McDANIEL received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University. He is currently a Member-at-Large of the Japan-U.S. Communication Association and a member of the Thunderbird Educator Network at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is also a retired Professor of Intercultural Communication at Aichi Shukutoku University, in Nagoya, Japan, and has been a Japan ICU Foundation Visiting Scholar at the International Christian University in Tokyo. Dr. McDaniel has also taught at San Diego State University, CSU San Marcos, and Thunderbird. In May 2013, he was an invited speaker at the China Cultural Industry Forum (CIF) in Beijing. He is the co-author/co-editor of numerous books on intercultural communication. His articles and book chapters have been published in China, Germany, Korea, and Japan, as well as the United States. Before beginning his academic career, Dr. McDaniel was in government service for over 20 years, during which time he lived and traveled in more than 40 countries.

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Table of Contents

Preface v
1 Approaches to Intercultural Communication 1
Understanding Intercultural Communication: An Overview 6
Imaging Culture with a Little Help from the Pushmi-Pullyu 16
Culture and Conflict 22
Our Locus in the Universe: Worldview and Intercultural Communication 32
The Practice of Intercultural Communication: Reflections for Professionals in Cultural Meetings 39
2 Cultural Identity: Issues of Belonging 49
Cultural Identity and Intercultural Communication 53
Finding My Whiteness: A Narrative of Cultural Identification 61
A Polish Jewish American Story: Collective Memories and Intergroup Relations 71
The Hybrid Identities of Gender Queer: Claiming Neither/Nor, Both/And 76
Ambiguous Insiders: An Investigation of Arab American Invisibility 82
3 International Cultures: Understanding Diversity 98
Living Together vs. Going It Alone 103
The Wei (Positioning)-Ming (Naming)-Lianmian (Face) Continuum in Contemporary Chinese Culture 114
India: The Dance of Shiva 122
Personality and Person Perception in AFrica 135
Communication with Egyptians 142
4 Co-Cultures: Living in Two Cultures 149
Unum and Pluribus: Ideological Underpinnings of Interethnic Communication in the United States 153
Does the Worm Live in the Ground? Reflections on Native American Spirituality 164
Let Me Count the Ways: African-American/European-American Marriages 170
Gendered Communication Styles 177
"Which Is My Good Leg?": Cultural Communication of Persons with Disabilities 187
In Plain Sight: Gay and Lesbian Communication and Culture 198
5 Intercultural Messages: Verbal and Nonverbal Communication 209
The Nexus of Language, Communication, and Culture 214
German Language: Whose Language, Whose Culture? 222
Dialogue and Cultural Communication Codes Between Israeli Jews and Palestinians 231
Public Speaking Patterns in Kenya 238
Mexican Dichos: Lessons Through Language 246
Unraveling Cultural Cues: Dimensions of Nonverbal Communication Across Cultures 250
Japanese Nonverbal Communication: A Reflection of Cultural Themes 266
6 Cultural Contexts: The Influence of the Setting 275
U.S. Americans and Mexicans Working Together: Five Core Concepts 280
Application of American Management Theories and Practices to the Indian Business Environment: Understanding the Impact of National Culture 286
Contrasts in Discussion Behaviors of German and American Managers 298
"Half-Truths" in Argentina, Brazil, and India: An Intercultural Analysis of Physician-Patient Communication 308
Exploring Culture in Nursing: A Theory-Driven Practice 318
Culture and Communication in the Classroom 326
Social Dynamics of the Multicultural Classroom 343
7 Communicating Interculturally: Becoming Competent 354
Intercultural Awareness 357
Managing Intercultural Conflicts Effectively 366
The Role of Dialogue in Managing Intergroup Conflict 378
Sojourner Adaptation 387
8 Ethical Considerations: Prospects for the Future 394
Cultural Diversity: A World View 398
The Limits to Cultural Diversity 405
Intercultural Personhood: An Integration of Eastern and Western Perspectives 408
Ethical Intercultural Technical Communication: Looking Through the Lens of Confucian Ethics 420
Business Ethics and Intercultural Communication: Exploring the Overlap Between Two Academic Fields 430
Index 441
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