SIGNATURE FEATURES OF THE BOOK
Students usually come to the fi eld of intercultural communication with some knowledge about many different cultural groups, including their own. Their understanding often is based on observations drawn from television, movies, the Internet, books, personal experiences, news media, and other sources. But many students have a diffi cult time assimilating information that does not readily fi t into their preexisting knowledge base. In this book, we hope to move students gradually to the notion of a dialectical framework for thinking about cultural issues. That is, we show that knowledge can be acquired in many different ways—through social scientifi c studies, experience, media reports, and so on—but these differing forms of knowledge need to be seen dynamically and in relation to each other. We offer students a number of ways to begin thinking critically about intercultural communication in a dialectical manner. These include:
An explicit discussion of differing research approaches to intercultural communication, focusing on both the strengths and limitations of each
Ongoing attention to history, popular culture, and identity as important factors in understanding intercultural communication
Student Voices boxes in which students relate their own experiences and share their thoughts about various intercultural communication issues
Point of View boxes in which diverse viewpoints from news media, research studies, and other public forums are presented
Incorporation of the authors’ own personal experiences to highlight particular aspects of intercultural communication
To reflect the increasing influence of globalization, we continue to emphasize its importance to intercultural communication. For example, in Chapter 1, we discuss how globalization and related economic recessions influence intercultural communication. In Chapter 8, we provide new examples of the impact of globalization on the continuing worldwide migration and the resulting intercultural encounters.
The continuing and expanding influence of communication technology in our daily lives is addressed by new material in Chapter 10 acknowledging the increasing role of social networking sites (SNS) in intercultural relationships.
Our expanded discussion of the implications of religious identity and belief systems in Chapters 1 and 11 is prompted by continued awareness of the important role religion plays in intercultural communication.
We continue to emphasize the important roles that institutions play in intercultural contact. In Chapter 10, we address the role of institutions in supporting or discouraging intercultural relationships.
Table of Contents PART I FOUNDATIONS OF INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
Chapter 1: Why Study Intercultural Communication?
Chapter 2: The History of the Study of Intercultural Communication
Chapter 3: Culture, Communication, Context, and Power
Chapter 4: History and Intercultural Communication
PART II INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION PROCESSES
Chapter 5: Identity and Intercultural Communication
Chapter 6: Language and Intercultural Communication
Chapter 7: Nonverbal Codes and Cultural Space
PART III INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION APPLICATIONS
Chapter 8: Understanding Intercultural Transitions
Chapter 9: Popular Culture and Intercultural Communication
Chapter 10: Culture, Communication, and Intercultural Relationships
Chapter 11: Culture, Communication, and Conflict
Chapter 12: Striving for Engaged and Effective Intercultural Communication
Judith N. Martin, Arizona State University Thomas K. Nakayama, Northeastern University