Intercultural Communication A New Approach to International Relations and Global Challenges

ISBN-10: 1441103090
ISBN-13: 9781441103093
Edition: 2011
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List price: $42.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic & Professional
Publication date: 3/3/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.08" wide x 9.07" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

In our increasingly global world, the need for effective intercultural and international communication has become key for nations, groups, or individuals to move from conflict to cooperation and to resolve political power issues in a culturally diverse environment. In this text, the authors focus on the notion of mindful communication, which requires knowledge of diplomacy, politics, and economy as well as an understanding of cultural issues. After introducing key theories and concepts, the text examines the contemporary approaches to the study of intercultural communication before discussing processes and technologies. The last section looks at ethical issues relating to human rights, respecting cultures, and the role of intercultural communication in the future of the global community. Addressing undergraduate students in international relations, international studies, and intercultural communication, the book provides many examples drawn for world current affairs, politics, and diplomacy, from health care to the global financial crisis. Each chapter also features questions for review and further discussion, a case study exercise, and further references.

Dedication
Preface
Foundations of Intercultural Communication in a Global Society
Introduction: Assessing Your Knowledge of Intercultural Communication
The Significance of Intercultural Communication in a Global Community
Views of Our Global Community
What's the Difference between Multicultural and Intercultural?
What Is Intercultural Communication?
Do We Live in a Global Society?
Why Is Intercultural Communication Important?
How Do We Study Intercultural Communication?
The Role of Mindfulness in Intercultural Communication
An Overview of This Book
References
Core Concepts of Intercultural Communication in a Global Community
Defining �Culture� Today
Dominant Intercultural Communication Theories Today
Thinking about Reality and Perception
Identity and Communication
The Interplay of Personal and Group Identity
Differing Perspectives and Communication
Technology's Impact
The Media's Impact
Considering Ethics
References
Approaches to the Study of Intercultural Communication
Introduction: History of the Study of Intercultural Communication
The Development of Intercultural Communication as a Discipline
Cross-Cultural and Diversity Training
The Interdisciplinary Nature of the Field
Contemporary Approaches to Studying Intercultural Communication
References
Social Science and Interpretive Approaches
The Social Science Approach
The Interpretive Approach
References
Critical and Dialectical Approaches
The Critical Approach
The Dialectical Approach
References
Intercultural Communication Processes and Technologies
Introduction: Models of the Communication Process
Linear Models of the Communication Process
Interactive Models of the Communication Process
Transactional Models of the Communication Process
References
Verbal Communication
Basics of Language: Phonology, Morphology, Syntactics, Semantics, Pragmatics
The Relationship between Language, Thought, and Culture
Translation and Interpretation
Different Verbal Communication Styles
Bilingualism and Multilingualism
Language and Power
Conflict/Cooperation Approaches and Methods
Understanding the Relationship between Communication Styles and Conflict
Differing Conflict Resolution Styles
Technology and Verbal Communication
References
Non-Verbal Communication
Body Language
Eye Contact (Oculesics)
Touch (Haptics)
Clothing and Physical Adornments
Facial Expressions
Voice (Vocalics)
Relationship to Space (Proxemics)
Relationship to Time (Chronemics)
Technology and Non-Verbal Communication
Cultural Diversity in Non-Verbal Communication and National Security
References
Visual Communication
Perception
Semiotics
Use of Signs and Other Visual Images
A Universal Visual Language?
Depictions of Animals and Human Beings
Use of Color
Technology and Visual Communication
References
Mass Communication
Views of Mass Communication
Media and People
Media and Power
Empowering Individuals
The News Media
The Entertainment Industry
What is Popular Culture?
How does Popular Culture Affect Individuals
The Global Impact of U.S. Popular Culture
References
Issues in Intercultural Communication
Introduction: Opportunities for Ethical Global Engagement
Medical and Relief Organizations
Cultural and Educational Exchange
Human Rights Organizations
Ethical Global Engagement
References
Ethical Issues in Intercultural Communication
Ethical Issues and Culture
Ethnocentrism
Ethical Issues and Power
Scope of the Issues
Reconciling Relativism and Universalism
Contextual Relativism
Guidelines for Ethical Behavior in Intercultural Encounters
Global Ethics and Peace
References
Practicing Global Citizenship
Views about Global Issues and Citizenshi
State-Centric and Complex Interdependence Models
Global Citizens at all Social Levels
Why Should We Care?
Last Remarks
References
Index

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