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Inter/Cultural Communication

Inter/Cultural Communication
Representation and Construction of Culture

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September 2012 | 496 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Today, undergraduate students are more familiar with others cultures than ever before because of the media, Internet, local diversity, and their own travels abroad. As such, traditional intercultural communication textbooks which focus solely on the 'differences' approach aren't truly effective for today's students, nor for this area's growth.

By including a social constructionist approach - which explores how culture is constructed and produced in the moments in which it is experienced - Inter/Cultural Communication: Representation and Construction of Culture in Everyday Interaction provides today's undergraduate students with a fuller understanding of how culture and communication affect and effect each other.

Inter/Cultural Communication improves upon current textbooks in four significant ways: (1) provides a differences approach and a social constructionist approach; (2) explores the consequences of cultural moments on immediate communication and on larger scale social issues; (3) is descriptive, not prescriptive, of how culture is communicated; and (4) introduces intercultural topics, rather than interpersonal topics, to undergraduate students.
Anastacia Kurylo
Chapter 1. Culture and Communication
Anita Foeman
Living Culture: The Social Construction of Race
Bernadette M. Watson
Chapter 2. Intercultural and Cross-Cultural Communication
Bill Edwards
Living Culture: Interpreting Gestures
Lily Arasaratnam
Chapter 3. Intercultural Communication Competence
Brian Cogan
Living Culture: A Punk. A Lifer.
Donal Carbaugh
Chapter 4. A Communication Theory of Culture
Living Culture: Latin Dancing?
Jessica S. Robles
Chapter 5. Culture in Conversation
Living Culture: Let’s Have the Men Clean Up
Ronald L. Jackson II, Cerise L. Glenn, & Kesha Morant Williams
Chapter 6. Self-Identity and Culture
Satarupa Dasgupta
Living Culture: The Dilemma of Nationalism in Pakistan
Howard Giles & Jane Giles
Chapter 7. Ingroups and Outgroups
David Linton
Living Culture: Crip Mate
Gust A. Yep
Chapter 8. Privilege and Culture
Living Culture: New Jersey
Tina M. Harris
Chapter 9. Co-Cultural Group Membership
Charles Vasquez
Living Culture: Living with Homelessness
Rachel Anderson Droogsma
Chapter 10. Advocacy
Susan E. Morgan
Living Culture: Creating an Organ Donation Health Campaign
Mark P. Orbe
Chapter 11. Media and Culture: The ‘Reality’ of Media Effects
Marie L. Radford
Living Culture: Shushing, Shelving, and Stamping
Tatyana Dumova
Chapter 12. Technology and Culture
Satomi Sugiyama
Living Culture: Staying Connected
Jan Pieter van Oudenhoven
Chapter 13. Social Scientific Approach to Culture
Kurt Lemko
Living Culture: A Day
Jack Bennett
Living Culture: A Love
David Boromisza-Habashi
Chapter 14. Interpretivist Approach to Culture
Brad Crownover
Living Culture: Community Living
Anastacia Kurylo
Chapter 15. Challenges and Opportunities in Intercultural Communication
William J. Starosta
Living Culture: Toward Internarrativity: Reflections of a Humble Interculturalist
Charles A. Braithwaite
Appendix A: Navajo Culture Explored through Ethnography
Kathleen C. Haspel
Appendix B: Local Culture Explored through Discourse Analysis
Anthony Y. Naaeke
Appendix C: Dagaaba Culture of Ghana Explored through Rhetorical Analysis
Wilfredo Alvarez, Mark P. Orbe, Ewa L. Urban, & Nayibe A. Tavares
Appendix D: Transnational Dominican Culture through Phenomenological Analysis
Adrian Furnham
Appendix E: South African Culture Explored through Content Analysis
Seung Hee Yoo & David Matsumoto
Appendix F: Korean Culture Explored through Survey Research
Yohtaro Takano
Appendix G: Japanese Culture Explored through Experimental Design

There is so much here, I could go on and on...There is a full range of approaches to understanding culture from the perspectives of communication theory and social psychology. It provides a good overview and an update for those of us who don't get to see it all put together in the same place very often. At the same time, for those of us who don't have an airline ticket to New York, the book provides a deep sense of how diversity discourse is constructed, expressed and propagated in the USA.

Dr. George Simons

Selection of chapters

Professor Claudia Ang-Stein
Psychology, Hochschule Hamm-Lippstadt
October 15, 2020

The textbook covers the topic of intercultural communication comprehensively, but its strongest features lies in the section about Media and Culture. I have found that students can clearly relate to this theme and I find it to be a highly relevant and fresh perspective in this field of study.

Mr Kevin Gore
International Business, HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Scie
June 10, 2014

a useful book which details core themes which crop up in prctice.

Dr Dean-David Holyoake
Nursing , Wolverhampton University
April 9, 2014

Text is straightforward, easy for students to follow (maybe too easy?). Appreciate the critical and social justice focus of this book.

Dr Myra Washington
Communication Journalism Dept, University of New Mexico
October 20, 2013

Course was cancelled, but I might have used it as a non-essential reading option, especially for some specific topic areas I enjoyed in this book. Definitely take a look into it.

Miss Sabine Reich
School, University of Mannheim
January 16, 2013

The book is very reader-friendly and enjoyable! It's organized in a clear way, written easily and interestingly. Besides of this, I and my students liked very much the Appendices showing examples of methods applied to fascinating real-world socio-cultural linguistic questions. The book not only teaches by it's content, but also makes the students courious about the world and that's invaluable!

Dr Karolina Hansen
Social Cognition and Cognitive Psychology, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
November 10, 2012

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