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Intercultural Communication
Globalization and Social Justice

Third Edition


December 2020 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Intercultural Communication: Globalization and Social Justice introduces students to the study of communication among cultures within the broader context of globalization. Author Kathryn Sorrells highlights history, power, and global institutions as central to understanding the relationships and contexts that shape intercultural communication. Promoting critical thinking, reflection, and action, the text’s social justice approach equips students with the knowledge and skills to create a more equitable world through communication. The Third Edition includes new case studies, updated examples and statistics, and expanded discussions on timely topics, like the rise of ethnonationalism and white nationalism, and the impact of new media on global communication.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Chapter 1: Opening the Conversation: Studying Intercultural Communication
Definitions of Culture

 
Studying Intercultural Communication

 
Intercultural Praxis in the Context of Globalization

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Questions and Activities

 
 
Chapter 2: Understanding the Context of Globalization
The Role of History in Intercultural Communication

 
The Role of Power in Intercultural Communication

 
Intercultural Communication in the Context of Globalization

 
Intercultural Dimensions of Economic Globalization

 
Intercultural Dimensions of Political Globalization

 
Intercultural Dimensions of Cultural Globalization

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Questions and Activities

 
 
Chapter 3: Globalizing Body Politics: Embodied Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
Hip Hop Culture

 
Constructing Social Worlds Through Communication

 
Marking Difference Through Communication

 
The Social Construction of Race: From Colonization to Globalization

 
Resignifying Race in the Context of Globalization

 
Hip Hop Culture: Alternative Performances of Difference

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Questions and Activities

 
 
Chapter 4: (Dis)Placing Culture and Cultural Space: Locations of Nonverbal and Verbal Communication
Placing Culture and Cultural Space

 
Displacing Culture and Cultural Space

 
Case Study: Hip Hop Culture

 
Cultural Space, Power, and Communication

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Questions and Activities

 
 
Chapter 5: Privileging Relationships: Intercultural Communication in Interpersonal Contexts
Topography of Intercultural Relationships

 
Intercultural Relationships in the Workplace

 
Forming and Sustaining Intercultural Relationships

 
Cyberspace and Intercultural Relationships

 
Intercultural Alliances for Social Justice in the Global Context

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Questions and Activities

 
 
Chapter 6: Crossing Borders: Migration and Intercultural Adaptation
Migrants

 
Historical Overview of World Migration

 
Migration Trends in the Context of Globalization

 
Theories of Migration and Intercultural Adaptation

 
Case Studies: Migration and Intercultural Adaptation

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Questions and Activities

 
 
Chapter 7: Jamming Media and Popular Culture: Analyzing Messages About Diverse Cultures
Media, Popular Culture, and Globalization

 
Popular Culture, Intercultural Communication, and Globalization

 
Global and Regional Media Circuits

 
Producing and Consuming Popular Culture

 
Popular Culture, Representation, and Resistance

 
Resisting and Re-Creating Media and Popular Culture

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Questions and Activities

 
 
Chapter 8: The Culture of Capitalism and the Business of Intercultural Communication
Historical Context: Capitalism and Globalization

 
The Culture of Capitalism

 
The Intercultural Marketplace

 
Case Study 1: Consuming and Romanticizing the “Other”

 
Case Study 2: Consuming and Desiring the “Other”

 
Case Study 3: Consuming Cultural Spectacles

 
Economic Responsibility and Intercultural Communication

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Questions and Activities

 
 
Chapter 9: Negotiating Intercultural Conflict and Social Justice: Strategies for Intercultural Relations
Intercultural Conflict: A Multidimensional Framework of Analysis

 
Case Study 1: Interpersonal Context

 
Case Study 2: Intergroup Context

 
Case Study 3: International and Global Context

 
Strategies for Addressing Intercultural Conflict

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Questions and Activities

 
 
Chapter 10: Engaging Intercultural Communication for Social Justice: Challenges and Possibilities for Global Citizenship
Becoming Global Citizens in the 21st Century

 
“Hope in the Dark”: From Despair to Empowerment

 
Intercultural Alliances for Social Justice

 
Case Study: Community Coalition of South Los Angeles

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Questions and Activities

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Website
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Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • New and expanded discussions of timely topics include backlash to globalization and implications for intercultural communication, and the rise of the increasing impact of religious fundamentalism throughout the world.
  • New and expanded case studies further illuminate critical concepts, address current events, and illustrate how intercultural communication is a site of negotiation and contestation.
  • Increased attention to the centrality of new media includes its effects on global and intercultural communication.
  • Enhanced examples with current events and statistics better demonstrate methods of analysis central to intercultural praxis.
KEY FEATURES:
  • A globalization framework 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 provides students with the knowledge to understand current, historical, social, economic, and political inequities that impact intercultural communication on individual and systemic levels.
  • An emphasis on intercultural praxis—a process of critical thinking, reflection, and action—offers students practical guidelines for applying their knowledge and skills of intercultural communication in their everyday lives.
  • Chapter-opening learning objectives identify what students should be able to do upon completion of the reading.
  • Case studies 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.
  • Communicative Dimensions boxes 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.
  • Cultural Identity boxes help students understand how communication and culture shape and reflect identity and in turn how identity plays a role in communicating within and across cultures.
  • Intercultural Praxis boxes emphasize ways of developing our awareness and using our power and positionality to enable more equitable and socially just relationships across different cultures by engaging in dialogue, reflecting, and taking informed action.
  • Chapter summaries, key terms, discussion questions, and activities allow students to review and apply chapter content to reinforce learning.

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