Higher Education

Communication Between Cultures, 8th Edition

  • Larry A. Samovar San Diego State University, Emeritus
  • Richard E. Porter California State University, Long Beach, Emeritus
  • Edwin R. McDaniel San Diego State University
  • Carolyn Sexton Roy San Diego State University
  • ISBN-10: 111134910X  |  ISBN-13: 9781111349103
  • 432 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 2004
  • © 2013 | Published
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This bestselling intercultural communication text gives students an understanding and appreciation of different cultures and helps them develop practical skills for improving their communication with people from other cultures. COMMUNICATION BETWEEN CULTURES is renowned for being the only text on the market to consistently emphasize religion and history as key variables in intercultural communication. Packed with the latest research and filled with numerous compelling examples that force students to examine their own assumptions and cultural biases, this book helps students understand the subtle and profound ways culture affects communication. The book is divided into four interrelated parts: Part I introduces the study of communication and culture; Part II focuses on the ability of culture to shape and modify our view of reality; Part III puts the theory of intercultural communication into practice; and Part IV converts knowledge into action.

Features and Benefits

  • Hundreds of new references and many new photographs.
  • To make the book more practical, many of the chapters now have specific sections on ways to improve intercultural communication.
  • Boxes such as "Remember This," "Imagine This," and "Consider This" encourage students to consider intercultural communication problems, answer questions, and think about concepts found within each chapter.
  • Expanded discussions of Islam, other religious traditions, spirituality, and humanism, and their influence on views of death and the afterlife, as well as discussion of the impact of today's globalized economy, necessary transnational cooperation to combat the war on terrorism, and the growth of India as an economic superpower.
  • The importance of education in a multicultural society is discussed, and this edition offers new material about the learning preferences of people from diverse cultural backgrounds and gives advice on how to create classrooms that reflect the various ethnicities of the surrounding community so culturally different students can feel welcome and comfortable.
  • Includes three in-depth chapters that cover intercultural communication within the contexts of business, education, and health care.
  • Offers exceptional coverage of racism and racial tensions, stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, and ethnocentrism.
  • Provides a unique focus on the deep structure of culture, emphasizing the roles that family, religion, and history play in intercultural communication.
  • Gives attention to co-cultures both in the United States and worldwide, including a section on cultural adaptation reflecting the significance of more immigrants moving from one culture to another.
  • Emphasizes cultural identity and its influence on intercultural communication, including discussions of what our cultural identity tells us about ourselves and our place in the culture and how our cultural identity shapes our perceptions and communication patterns.

Table of Contents

1. Intercultural Communication: Interaction in a Multicultural World.
2. Communication and Culture: The Voice and the Echo.
3. The Deep Structure of Culture: Lessons from the Family.
4. Cultural History: Our Antecedents.
5. Worldview: Cultural Explanations of Life and Death.
6. Cultural Values: Guidelines for Behavior.
7. Culture and Identity: Situating the Individual.
8. Verbal Messages: Exchanging Ideas Through Language.
9. Nonverbal Communication: The Messages of Action, Space, Time, and Silence.
10. Cultural Influences on Communication Contexts: Responding to the Setting.

What's New

  • The values chapter has been completely revised. Two new taxonomies have been added in addition to a new section on American values.
  • The worldview chapter has been expanded. There is new information on Islam. Second, because of the increased interest and growth in secularism, this worldview has been greatly expanded.
  • The impact of globalization on families, business, education, and intercultural communication in general has been expanded.
  • There is a new section on the communication theory.
  • The language chapter has been made more practical with added sections on taboo topics and the different ways culture actually use language, and an expanded the section on translation and interpretation.
  • Material on new technology is integrated into many of the chapters.

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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource Manual  (ISBN-10: 1133490697 | ISBN-13: 9781133490692)

The Instructor's Manual contains resources designed to streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation. This helpful manual includes suggestions for developing a course syllabus, chapter outlines, class-tested activities and exercises, technology resources, test items, and assessment tests. Each chapter includes a chapter outline; a list of key terms with definitions; suggestions for individual, group, and class activities; and true/false, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and essay test items. The activities provide innovative ways to present relevant concepts in each chapter, including group projects, out-of-class assignments, role plays, lecture ideas, and audio-visual suggestions.

PowerLecture with ExamView®, PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1133491359 | ISBN-13: 9781133491354)

PowerLecture instructor resources are a collection of book-specific lecture and class tools on either CD or DVD. The fastest and easiest way to build powerful, customized media-rich lectures, PowerLecture assets include chapter-specific PowerPoint® presentations, images, instructor manuals, Test Banks with ExamView® software, and more. PowerLecture media-teaching tools are an effective way to enhance the educational experience.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Larry A. Samovar

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

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

Edwin R. McDaniel

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. In addition, Dr. McDaniel has 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.

Carolyn Sexton Roy

Carolyn Sexton Roy has been a member of the History Department at San Diego State University since 1989. Her doctoral studies in Colonial Latin American history were conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles. A well-practiced presenter of papers at regional, national, and international conventions, she has been published numerous times. She has traveled extensively in Latin America. A Fulbright Fellowship enabled her to conduct research for an extended period and salvage an archive in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico. Her linguistic skills--particularly applied to Latin America--facilitate her high level of understanding of intercultural communication.