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Cultures in Conversation / Edition 1

Cultures in Conversation / Edition 1

by Donal CarbaughDonal Carbaugh
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Cultures in Conversation introduces readers to the ethnographic study of intercultural and social interactions through the analysis of conversations in which various cultural orientations are operating. Author Donal Carbaugh presents his original research on conversation practices in England, Finland, Russia, Blackfeet County, and the United States, demonstrating how each is distinctive in its communication codes—particularly in its use of symbolic meanings, forms of interaction, norms, and motivational themes. Examining conversation in this way demonstrates how cultural lives are active in conversations and shows how conversation is a principal medium for the coding of selves, social relationships, and societies.

Representing 20 years of research, this volume offers unique insights into the ways social interactions not only gain shape from, but also are formative of cultures. It makes a significant contribution to communication scholarship, and will be illuminating reading in courses focusing on cultural communication, language and social interaction, intercultural pragmatics, and linguistics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805852349
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/19/2005
Series: Routledge Communication Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Introduction. Cultures in Conversation: Ethnographic Explorations of Intercultural Communication. Conversation as a Culturally Rich Phenomenon. Silence and Third-Party Introductions: USAmerican and Finnish Dialogue (With Saila Poutiainen). "Superficial Americans" and "Silent Finns": Finnish and USAmerican Cultures in Social Interaction. "Self," "Soul," and "Sex": Russian and USAmerican Cultures in a Televised Conversation. "I Can't Do That!" But I "Can Actually See Around Corners": American Indian Students and the Study of "Communication." "Just Listen": Blackfeet "Listening" and Landscape. "The Passing Occasion and the Long Story": Four Cultural Conversations.

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