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Intercultural Communication

Intercultural Communication
Globalization and Social Justice

Third Editon

January 2021 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Intercultural Communication: Globalization and Social Justice, Third Edition, introduces students to the study of communication among cultures within the broader context of globalization. Kathryn Sorrells highlights history, power, and global institutions as central to understanding the relationships and contexts that shape intercultural communication.  Based on a framework that promotes critical thinking, reflection, and action, this text takes a social justice approach that provides students with the skills and knowledge to create a more equitable world through communication. The new Third Edition includes additional case studies, expanded discussions of the rise of ethnonationalism and white nationalism, and the impact of new media on global communication.


  • Expanded discussion of important, timely topics including backlash to globalization and implications for intercultural communication, and the rise of the increasing impact of religious fundamentalism throughout the world.
  • Expanded treatment of new media's effect on global and intercultural communication
  • New case studies illuminate intercultural relationships in a wide variety of contexts.   
  • Updated examples of current events and statistics       


This innovative book distinguishes itself among introductory texts in intercultural communication through its emphasis on:

  • A globalization framework that introduces students to the complex ways globalization impacts and alters all topics in intercultural communication, including verbal/nonverbal communication, migration/cultural adaptation, media and popular culture, interpersonal relationships, conflict, and identity
  • A critical social justice approach that provides students with the knowledge to understand current and historical social, economic, and political inequities that impact intercultural communication on individual and systemic levels. This approach also provides strategies and examples of how to challenge discrimination, prejudice, exclusion, and injustice in everyday situations using intercultural communication to create greater inclusion, equity, and justice
  • Multiple case studies that highlight connections between local and global intercultural issues, and illustrate a multilevel framework of analysis that attends to the complexities of intercultural communication in the global context through stories and experiences of people from diverse cultures
  • An emphasis on intercultural praxis, a process of critical thinking, reflection, and action, that offers students practical guidelines for applying their knowledge and skills of intercultural communication in their everyday lives, empowering them to use such communication as a means to challenge discrimination to create a more socially just world
  • Pedagogical textboxes that allow students to explore vivid examples of intercultural communication in action to see how different facets of communication play out in the global intercultural context

Chapter 1. Opening the Conversation: Studying Intercultural Communication
Chapter 2. Understanding the Context of Globalization
Chapter 3. Globalizing Body Politics: Embodied Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
Chapter 4. (Dis)Placing Culture and Cultural Space: Locations of Nonverbal and Verbal Communication
Chapter 5. Privileging Relationships: Intercultural Communication in Interpersonal Contexts
Chapter 6. Crossing Borders: Migration and Intercultural Adaptation
Chapter 7. Jamming Media and Popular Culture: Analyzing Messages About Diverse Cultures
Chapter 8. The Culture of Capitalism and the Business of Intercultural Communication
Chapter 9. Negotiating Intercultural Conflict and Social Justice: Strategies for Intercultural Relations
Chapter 10. Engaging Intercultural Communication for Social Justice: Challenges and Possibilities for Global Citizenship
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ISBN: 9781506362861