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Intercultural Communication: A Reader, 13th 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
  • ISBN-10: 0495898317  |  ISBN-13: 9780495898313
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2006, 2003
  • © 2012 | Published
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INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION: A READER explores how communication values and styles can vary across cultures and communities, providing a thorough introduction to current theory while outlining practical strategies for more effective, culturally aware communication. INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION: A READER conveys the idea that successful intercultural communication is a matter of highest importance if humankind and society are to survive. This broad-based and highly engaging reader, compiled by the authors who defined the course, includes a balanced selection of articles--some commissioned solely for this text--that discusses the classic ideas that laid the groundwork for this field, as well as the latest research and ideas. Material is presented in a context that allows students to read, understand, and then apply course concepts to their lives.

Features and Benefits

  • The text includes 47 readings to provide a thorough introduction to the latest ideas and a full range of perspectives in intercultural communication. Thirty of the readings are entirely new to this edition, 25 were written exclusively for the text, and six authors have revised selections that appeared in previous editions.
  • The new edition includes expanded international coverage to better explore the breadth of this rapidly evolving global field. The work of prominent scholars from Germany, Korea, China, Japan, Kenya, Israel, and India complements updated research by leading contributors in the United States.
  • Reflecting a strong conviction that the deep structure of a culture dictates how its members view themselves and others, the authors have added numerous new essays on religion, world view, identity, and spirituality--topics that reflect a culture's most important beliefs and profoundly influence how people communicate.
  • The text has been updated in light of recent exciting and important work by several young scholars. Their unique insights and ideas offer an illuminating extension of or counterpoint to more established perspectives.
  • The readings better reflect and respond to current events by focusing on topics such as religion; issues of prejudice, stereotyping, and racism; and the impact of the Internet and other modern technology on the quality and effectiveness of intercultural communication.
  • The reader features an extremely diverse selection of articles written by authors from a wide range of countries and cultures to reflect the global diversity and leading perspectives in intercultural communication.
  • The reader includes classic texts well established as essential reading in the field, as well as a variety of recent publications reflecting cutting-edge inquiry by some of the most promising young scholars active in intercultural communication.
  • Discussion questions following each article encourage students to think critically about the reading, deepen their understanding of key course concepts, and reflect on their communication experiences in light of new ideas and insights.

Table of Contents

Understanding Intercultural Communication: Some Working Principles - Edwin R. McDaniel, Larry A. Samovar and Richard E. Porter. Dimensionalizing Cultures: The Hofstede Model In Context - Geert Hofstede. Culture and Conflict - Harry C. Triandis. Intercultural Communication in a Globalized World - Bernard Saint-Jacques. Worldview in Intercultural Communication: A Religio-Cosmological Approach - Satoshi Ishii, Donald Klopf, and Peggy Cooke. Harmony without Uniformity: An Asiacentric Worldview and its Communicative Implications. - Yoshitaka Miike.
Globalization and Intercultural Personhood - Young Yun Kim. An Alternative View of Identity - Guo-Ming Chen. Living within Whiteness: A Project Aimed at Undermining Racism - John T. Warren. American Indian Identity: Communicating with Indian-ness - Steven B. Pratt, Merry C. Pratt, and Lynda D. Dixon. We don''t talk right. You ask him. - Joan Wynne. International Marriages in Japan: Cultural Conflict and Harmony - Steven E. Quasha and FumikoTsukada.
The Spitituality of "Being" Grace and Tao and Awaken in Intercultural Communication - Mary Fong. Chimerica: United States-China Communication for the Twenty-first Century - Wenshan Jia, Dexin Tian, and Xuanzi B. Jia. Communication with Indians.- Rajesh Kumar and Anand Kumar Sethi. When Face-to-Face Won''t Work: Use of Informal Intermediaries to Communicate Interpersonally in Sub-Saharan Africa - Ann Neville Miller. Russian Cultural Values and Communication Styles - Mira Bergelson. LadylikeMen and Guyland: Cross-Cultural Accomplishments of Masculinities - Justin Charlebois.
Unum and Pluribus - Young Yun Kim. Beyond Tolerance: Action Oriented-Interfaith Dialogue with Muslim Communities - Polly Begley. Americans in Black and Brown: Exploring Sources of Intercultural Tensions Between Blacks and Latinos. - Peter Nwosu. Which is My Good Leg? - Dawn Braithwaite and Charles Braithwaite. In Plain Sight: Gay and Lesbian Communication and Culture - William F. Eadie.
The Nexus of Language, Communication, and Culture - Mary Fong. Dialogue, Argument, and Cultural Communication Codes Between Israeli-Jews and Palestinians - Donald G. Ellis and Ifat Maoz. Public Speaking Patterns in Kenya - Ann Neville Miller. Mexican Dichos: Lessons Through Language - Carolyn Roy. The Basis of Cultural Differences in Nonverbal Communication - Peter A. Andersen. Monochronic and Polychronic Time - Edward T. Hall. Mexicans and Americans: A Different Sense of Space - Ned Crouch.
Japanese Style of Decision Making in Business Organizations - Kazuo Nishiyama. Comparing and Contrasting Germanand American Business Cultures - Michael Hinner. The Problem of Globalization: Jamaican Managers at the Intersection of Past and Present Cultural Challenges - Maurice Hall. Health Journeys: Intersections Between Ancient Healing and Modern Medicine - Polly A. Begley and Debbie A. Ockey. Reflections on a Conversation with a Curandera - Roxanne Amerson. Culture and Communication in the Classroom - Geneva Gay. Enculturation of Values in the Educational Setting: Japanese Group Orientation - Edwin R. McDaniel and Eriko Katsumata. Intercultural Communication and the Global Classroom - Charles Braithwaite.
Axioms for a Theory of Intercultural Communication Competence - Brian H. Spitzberg. Confucian Perspectives of Communication Competence - Xiasosui Xiao and Guo-Ming Chen. Harmony, Conflict and the Process of Argument in Chinese societies - Michael David Hazen and Rui Shi. The Social Construction of Demeanor Through Deference Rituals - Justin Charlebois. Discriminating Attitudes Toward Speech - Aaron Castelan Cargile.
A Communicative Approach to Intercultural Dialogue on Ethics - Richard J. Evanoff. Worldview: The Ethical Dimension - Ninian Smart. Cultural Diversity: A World View - Thomas Sowell. The Limits of Cultural Diversity - Harlan Cleveland.

What's New

  • 25 new essays, 20 of which were written exclusively for this edition, which include new, young scholars in the field; broaden the book's theoretical base with works from scholars from Russia, Germany, Korea, China, Japan, Kenya, Israel, and India to compliment and counterbalance the research of the academic community in the United States; and look at religion, worldview, identity, and spirituality.
  • Photos have been added to each chapter.

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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.