Intercultural Communication in Contexts

ISBN-10: 0073135275
ISBN-13: 9780073135274
Edition: 4th 2007 (Revised)
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List price: $81.56
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 7.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Preface
To the Student
Foundations of Intercultural Communication
Why Study Intercultural Communication?
The Technological Imperative
Technology and Human Communication
Access to Communication Technology
The Demographic Imperative
Changing U.S. Demographics
Changing Immigration Patterns
The Economic Imperative
The Peace Imperative
The Self-Awareness Imperative
The Ethical Imperative
Relativity Versus Universality
Being Ethical Students of Culture
Summary
Discussion Questions
Activities
Key Words
References
The History of the Study of Intercultural Communication
The Early Development of the Discipline
Nonverbal Communication
Application of Theory
An Emphasis on International Settings
An Interdisciplinary Focus
Perception and Worldview of the Researcher
Three Approaches to Studying Intercultural Communication
The Social Science Approach
The Interpretive Approach
The Critical Approach
A Dialectical Approach to Understanding Culture and Communication
Combining the Three Traditional Paradigms: The Dialectical Approach
Six Dialectics of Intercultural Communication
Keeping a Dialectical Perspective
Summary
Discussion Questions
Activities
Key Words
References
Culture, Communication, Context, and Power
What Is Culture?
Social Science Definitions: Culture as Learned, Group-Related Perceptions
Interpretive Definitions: Culture as Contextual Symbolic Patterns of Meaning
Critical Definitions: Culture as Heterogeneous, Dynamic, and a Contested Zone
What Is Communication?
The Relationship Between Culture and Communication
How Culture Influences Communication
How Communication Reinforces Culture
Communication as Resistance to the Dominant Culture System
The Relationship Between Communication and Context
The Relationship Between Communication and Power
Summary
Discussion Questions
Activities
Key Words
References
History and Intercultural Communication
From History to Histories
Political, Intellectual, and Social Histories
Family Histories
National Histories
Cultural-Group Histories
History, Power, and Intercultural Communication
The Power of Texts
The Power of Other Histories
Power in Intercultural Interactions
History and Identity
Histories as Stories
Nonmainstream Histories
Hidden Histories
Intercultural Communication and History
Antecedents of Contact
The Contact Hypothesis
Negotiating Histories Dialectically in Interaction
Summary
Discussion Questions
Activities
Key Words
References
Intercultural Communication Processes
Identity and Intercultural Communication
Thinking Dialectically About Identity
The Social Science Perspective
The Interpretive Perspective
The Critical Perspective
Identity and Language
Identity Development Issues
Minority Identity Development
Majority Identity Development
Social and Cultural Identities
Gender Identity
Age Identity
Racial and Ethnic Identities
Characteristics of Whiteness
Religious Identity
Class Identity
National Identity
Regional Identity
Personal Identity
Identity, Stereotypes, and Prejudice
Multicultural People
Identity and Communication
Summary
Discussion Questions
Activities
Key Words
References
Language and Intercultural Communication
The Study of Language: Thinking Dialectically
Language Versus Discourse
The Components of Language
Semiotics
Language and Perception
Recent Research Findings
Cultural Variations in Language
Variations in Communication Style
Variations in Contextual Rules
Discourse: Language and Power
Co-Cultural Communication
Discourse and Social Structure
The "Power" Effects of Labels
Moving Between Languages
Multilingualism
Translation and Interpretation
Language and Identity
Language and Cultural Group Identity
Code Switching
Language Politics and Policies
Language and Globalization
Summary
Discussion Questions
Activities
Key Words
References
Nonverbal Codes and Cultural Space
Thinking Dialectically About Nonverbal Communication: Defining Nonverbal Communication
Comparing Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
What Nonverbal Behavior Communicates
The Universality of Nonverbal Behavior
Recent Research Findings
Nonverbal Codes
Cultural Variation or Stereotype?
Semiotics and Nonverbal Communication
Defining Cultural Space
Cultural Identity and Cultural Space
Changing Cultural Space
Postmodern Cultural Spaces
Summary
Discussion Questions
Activities
Key Words
References
Intercultural Communication Applications
Understanding Intercultural Transitions
Thinking Dialectically About Intercultural Transitions
Types of Migrant Groups
Voluntary Migrants
Involuntary Migrants
Migrant-Host Relationships
Assimilation
Separation
Integration
Marginalization
Cultural Hybridity
Cultural Adaptation
Social Science Approach
Interpretive Approach
Critical Approach: Contextual Influences
Summary
Discussion Questions
Activities
Key Words
References
Popular Culture and Intercultural Communication
Learning About Cultures Without Personal Experience
The Power of Popular Culture
What Is Popular Culture?
Consuming and Resisting Popular Culture
Consuming Popular Culture
Resisting Popular Culture
Representing Cultural Groups
Migrants' Perceptions of Mainstream Culture
Popular Culture and Stereotyping
U.S. Popular Culture and Power
Global Circulation of Images and Commodities
Cultural Imperialism
Summary
Discussion Questions
Activities
Key Words
References
Culture, Communication, and Intercultural Relationships
Thinking Dialectically About Intercultural Relationships
Personal-Contextual Dialectic
Differences-Similarities Dialectic
Cultural-Individual Dialectic
Privilege-Disadvantage Dialectic
Static-Dynamic Dialectic
History/Past-Present/Future Dialectic
Benefits and Challenges of Intercultural Relationships
Benefits
Challenges
Intercultural Relationships
Social Science Approach: Cross-Cultural Differences
Interpretive Approach: Communicating in Intercultural Relationships
Critical Approach: Contextual Influences
Summary
Discussion Questions
Activities
Key Words
References
Culture, Communication, and Conflict
Characteristics of Intercultural Conflict
Two Orientations to Conflict
Conflict as Opportunity
Conflict as Destructive
Cultural Differences in Conflict Views: A Dialectical Perspective
The Social Science Approach to Conflict
Types of Conflict
Strategies and Tactics for Dealing With Conflict
Gender, Ethnicity, and Conflict
Value Differences and Conflict Styles
Interpretive and Critical Approaches to Social Conflict
Social Contexts
Economic Contexts
Historical and Political Contexts
Managing Intercultural Conflict
Productive Versus Destructive Conflict
Competition Versus Cooperation
Dealing With Conflict
Mediation
Summary
Discussion Questions
Activities
Key Words
References
The Outlook for Intercultural Communication
The Components of Competence
Individual Components
Contextual Components
Applying Knowledge About Intercultural Communication
Entering Into Dialogue
Becoming Interpersonal Allies
Building Coalitions
Social Justice and Transformation
Forgiveness
What the Future Holds
Summary
Discussion Questions
Activities
Key Words
References
Credits
Name Index
Subject Index

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