Higher Education

Intercultural Communication: A Reader, 14th 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: 1285077393  |  ISBN-13: 9781285077390
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2006
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $153.00



This new special, anniversary edition of INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION: A READER, celebrates 40 years of publication. In compiling this Fortieth Anniversary Edition, the editors reviewed over 600 articles from the previous 13 editions and selected those essays that educators, both in the United States and abroad, have considered foundational to intercultural communication teaching and research. These essays also illustrate the growth and direction of the field since the early 1970s. This edition offers a series of essays that enables students to gain an appreciation and understanding of intercultural communication. Material is presented in a context that assists students in comprehending and then applying course concepts to their lives. These core readings also demonstrate the historical development and philosophical evolution of the field. As with prior editions, the Reader continues to convey the idea that successful intercultural communication is a matter of highest importance in this globalized, interconnected world. The concluding chapter, “New Perspectives: Prospects for the Future,” contains five new essays by leading intercultural communication scholars. These original works offer insight into new directions for intercultural communication in the coming decades.

Features and Benefits

  • Discussion questions, following each article, encouraging students to think critically about the reading, deepen their understanding of key course concepts, and reflect on personal communication experiences in light of new ideas and insights.
  • A diverse selection of articles written by authors from a wide range of academic disciplines, countries, and cultures, reflecting the global diversity and perspectives that characterize intercultural communication.

Table of Contents

1. Approaches to Intercultural Communication.
Using Intercultural Communication: The Building Blocks. EDWIN R. MCDANIEL, LARRY A. SAMOVAR, RICHARD E. PORTER.
Intercultural Communication in a Globalized World. BERNARD SAINT-JACQUES.
“Harmony Without Uniformity”: Worldview and Its Communication Implications. MIIKE YOSHITAKA.
Relevance and Application of Intercultural Communication Theory and Research. FELIPE KORZENNY.
2. Cultural Identity: Issues of Belonging.
Cultural Identity and Intercultural Communication. MARY JANE COLLIER.
An Alternative View of Identity. GUO-MING CHEN.
American Indian Identity: Communicating Indian-ness. STEVEN B. PRATT, MERRY B. PRATT, LYNDA D. DIXON.
Understanding Whiteness in the United States. JUDITH N. MARTIN.
Chicano/a Ethnicity: A Concept in Search of Content. JAMES STEVEN SAUCEDA.
Straddling Cultural Borders: Exploring Identity in Multiple Reacculturation. CHUKA ONWUMECHILI, PETER O. NWOSUS, AND RONALD L. JACKSON, II.
3. International Cultures: Understanding Diversity.
The Impact of Confucianism on Interpersonal Relationships and Communication Patterns in East Asia. JUNE OCK YUM.
Some Basic Cultural Patterns of India. NEMI C. JAIN.
Communication with Egyptians. POLLY A. BEGLEY.
Russian Cultural Values and Workplace Communication. MIRA BERGELSON.
Cultural Patterns of the Maasai. LISA SKOW, LARRY A. SAMOVAR.
4. Co-Cultures: Living in a Multicultural World.
“Who’s Got the Room at the Top? Issues of Dominance and Nondominance in Intracultural Communication. EDITH FOLB.
“Which is My Good Leg?”: Cultural Communication of Persons with Disabilities. DAWN O. BRAITHWAITE, CHARLES A. BRAITHWAITE.
Gender and Communication: Sex is More Than a Three-Letter Word. JUDY C. PEARSON.
An African American Communication Perspective. SIDNEY A. RIBEAU, JOHN R. BALDWIN, MICHAEL L. HECHT.
In Plain Sight: Gay and Lesbian Communication and Culture.WILLIAM F. EADIE.
5. Intercultural Messages: Verbal and Nonverbal Interaction.
The Nexus of Language, Communication, and Culture. MARY FONG.
Dialogue, Argument, and Cultural Communication Codes Between Israeli-Jews and Palestinians. DONALD G. ELLIS, IFAT MAOZ.
Mexican Dichos: Lessons through Language. CAROLYN ROY.
In Different Dimensions: Nonverbal Communication and Culture. PETER ANDERSEN.
Japanese Nonverbal Communication: A Reflection of Cultural Themes. EDWIN R. McDANIEL.
6. Cultural Contexts: The Influence of the Setting.
Japanese Style of Decision Making in Business Organizations. KAZUO NISHIYAMA.
Comparing and Contrasting German and American Business Cultures. MICHAEL B. HINNER.
Intercultural Communication in the University Classroom. LISA M. SKOW, LAURIE STEPHAN.
Culture and Communication in the Classroom. GENEVA GAY.
Negotiating Cultural Understanding in Health Care Communication. PATRICIA GEIST-MARTIN.
“Half-truths” in Argentina, Brazil, and India: An Intercultural Analysis of Physician–Patient Communication. NAGESH RAO.
7. Communicating Interculturally: Becoming Competent.
Intercultural Communication Competence. BRIAN H. SPITZBERG.
Managing Intercultural Conflict Effectively. STELLA TING-TOOMEY.
Understanding Cultural Identities in Intercultural Communication: A Ten-Step Inventory. MARY JANE COLLIER.
Adapting to a New Culture. YOUNG YUN KIM.
8. Ethical Considerations: Changing Behavior.
The Limits of Cultural Diversity new. HARLAN CLEVELAND.
Intercultural Personhood: An Integration of Eastern and Western Perspectives. YOUNG YUN KIM.
Integration in Intercultural Ethics. RICHARD EVANOFF.
Ethics in Intercultural Communication. DAVID W. KALE.
9. New Perspectives: Prospects for the Future.
From Culture to Interculture: Communication, Adaptation, and Identity Transformation in the Globalizing World. YOUNG YUN KIM.
The Multiculturalism Dilemma. BERNARD SAINT-JACQUES.
Asiacentricity and Shapes of the Future: Envisioning the Field of Intercultural Communication in the Globalization Era. YOSHITAKA MIIKE, JING YIN.
Seeking Common Ground While Accepting Differences Through Tolerance: US-China Intercultural Communication in the Global Community. GUO-MING CHEN.
The Promise of Intercultural New Media Studies. ROBERT SHUTER.

What's New

  • Forty foundational essays selected from previous editions, demonstrating how the field has evolved and expanded its description of intercultural communication.
  • A final chapter containing five new essays by leading intercultural communication scholars demonstrating the field’s evolving directions.

Efficacy and Outcomes


“I can appreciate the return to older essays as intercultural communication may evolve, yet, stay the same. Case in point is the reintroduction of culturally significant nonverbal communication which was explored in earlier editions and has now resurfaced with our involvement in the Middle East.”

— Suzanne McCorkle, Boise State University

“I like [the proposal] very much. Bringing back some of the articles from previous editions will provide students with an historical perspective that is not found in the current edition, and will serve to bring some sense of scholarly continuity to the study of intercultural communication. The final “New Perspectives” chapter then points to the future of this field of study, again providing continuity.”

— Doyle Srader, Northwest Christian University

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.