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Intercultural Communication

Intercultural Communication
A Global Reader

  • Fred E. Jandt - California State University, San Bernardino (Retired)

August 2003 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Intercultural Communication: A Global Reader contains 36 articles showcasing the development and diversity of intercultural communication theories in countries such as China, Africa, the United States, New Zealand, Mexico, Egypt, and others. Themes and topics discussed include identity and communication, intercultural verbal and nonverbal processes and interactions, relationships, and ethics.

The Reader presents a wide-range of articles, showing the permeance of intercultural communication in today’s world and in everyday life. Examples of topics included are:

  • Conflict management in organizations
  • The impact of the Internet and of online global communication
  • Gender differences in communication
  • The increasing influence of globalization
  • Health care
  • Creating a culture of peace

Half of the readings are from non-U.S. authors/scholars, presenting readers with a truly global perspective on intercultural communication.

The Reader may be used as a stand-alone text, an excellent companion to Fred E. Jandt’s textbook An Introduction to Intercultural Communication: Identities in a Global Community, Eighth Edition, or in conjunction with other texts. The book is intended for the introductory intercultural communication course and is also of value for many courses in cultural studies, sociology, and anthropology.

About the Editor:

Fred E. Jandt (Ph.D., Bowling Green State University) is Professor of Communication at California State University, San Bernardino and the recipient of the University’s 2003 Outstanding Professor Award. He was a visiting professor at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and has also taught at SUNY-Brockport, where he became SUNY’s first director of faculty development. Professor Jandt has been widely published in the field of communications and speaks at major national and international conferences.


To the Reader
Part I: Cultural Values
Claude Levi-Strauss
1.1 Race, History, and Culture
Geert Hofstede
1.2 Business Cultures
Ashleigh C. Merritt and Robert L. Helmreich
1.3 Human Factors on the Flight Deck: The Influence of National Culture
Rujira Rojjanaprapayon, P. Chiemprapha, and A. Kanchanakul
1.4 Conflict Management in Thai Organizations
Rueyling Chuang
1.5 An Examination of Taoist and Buddhist Perspectives on Interpersonal Conflicts, Emotions, and Adversities
Jung-huel Becky Yeh and Ling Chen
1.6 Cultural Values and Argumentative Orientations for Chinese People in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mainland China
Jonathan J. H. Zhu and Zhou He
1.7 Information Accessibility, User Sophistication, and Source Credibility: The Impact of the Internet on Value Orientations in Mainland China
M. Gene Aldridge
1.8 What is the Basis of American Culture?
Part II: Language
Peter Muhlhausler
2.1 Babel Revisited
Amadou Hampate Ba
2.2 Africa: The Power of Speech
Eric Aoki
2.3 Mexican American Ethnicity in Biola, CA: An Ethnographic Account of Hard Work, Family, and Religion
Kil-Ho Kang
2.4 Korean's Politeness Strategies
Hee-Soo Kim, Greg Hearn, Caroline Hatcher, Ian Weber
2.5 Online Communication Between Australians and Koreans: Learning to Manage Differences that Matter
Mark Warschauer, G. R. El Said, and A. Zohry
2.6 Language Choice Online: Globalization and Identity in Egypt
Wally Penetito
2.7 Research and Context for a Theory of Maori Schooling
Crispin Thurlow
2.8 Naming the "Outsider Within": Homophobic Pejoratives and the Verbal Abuse of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual High-School Pupils
Part III: Identities
Fred E. Jandt and Delores V. Tanno
3.1 Decoding Domination, Encoding Self-Determination: Intercultural Communication Research Processes
Becky Michele Mulvaney
3.2 Gender Differences in Communication: An Intercultural Experience
Flora Keshishian
3.3 Acculturation, Communication, and the U.S. Mass Media: The Experience of an Iranian Immigrant
Tarla Rai Peterson, S. J. Gilbertz, K. Groenendyk, J. Todd, & G. E. Varner
3.4 Reconfiguring Borders: Health-Care Providers and Practical Environmentalism in Cameron County, Texas
Richard D. Pineda
3.5 Nuestro Espacio Cyber: The Internet as Expressive Space for Latinos in the United States
Ketra L. Armstrong
3.6 Nike's Communication with Black Audiences
Akira Miyahara
3.7 Toward Theorizing Japanese Interpersonal Communication Competence from a Non-Western Perspective
Kiyoko Suedo
3.8 Differences in the Perception of Face: Chinese Mien-Tzu and Japanese Metsu
Part IV: Living Together in Peace
William J. Starosta
4.1 On Intercultural Rhetoric
Ram A. Mall
4.2 The Concept of an Intercultural Philosophy
Berta Esperanza Hernandez-Truyol
4.3 Women's Rights as Human Rights--Rules, Realities, and the Role of Culture: A Formula for Reform
Paul Wehr and John Paul Lederach
4.4 Mediating Conflict in Central America
George E. Irani
4.5 Islamic Mediation Techniques for Middle East Conflicts
Kjell Skyllstad
4.6 Creating a Culture of Peace: The Performing Arts in Interethnic Negotiations
Part V: Colonialization and Globalization
Wole Soyinka
5.1 Nobel Lecture
Ashis Nandy
5.2 Consumerism: Its Hidden Beauties and Politics
William Peterson
5.3 Interculturalism in Singapore: Looking for the Big, Bad Other
Lalita Rajasingham
5.4 The Impact of Universities on Globalisation
Randy Kluver
5.5 Globalization, Informatization, and Intercultural Communication
Mohan R. Limaye
5.6 Five Ways to Reduce the Foreign Terrorist Threat to the United States

Very interesting text but there as there is only one topic from the course that's really covered in this book it is going to be on the recommended reading list for that week.
Very interesting book with nice inclusion of numerous varied case studies though so would still consider / recommend it for different courses

Dr Taryn Shepperd
School of International Relations, St Andrews University
September 6, 2012

The book gives insight into scientific perspectives on culture and is used to supplement the more practical information, the students receive in my course

Mr Nida ul Habib Bajwa
Institute of Psychology, Saarland University
May 2, 2012

Wide range of articles suitable for a graduate seminar

Dr Robert St.Clair
Communications Dept, University of Louisville
February 19, 2011

An excellent addition to the Intro to Intercultural Communication. Very good for student work.

Dr Clara Popa
College Of Communication, Rowan University - Glassboro
January 13, 2011
Key features
  • Presents a wide-range of readings, showing the permeance of intercultural communication in today's world and in everyday life
  • Half of the readings are from non-US authors/scholars, presenting readers with a truly global account and perspective on intercultural communication
  • Reader may used as a stand-alone core text or in conjunction with other texts

Sample Materials & Chapters

Reading 1.1 Race, History, and Culture

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