Intercultural Communication

Intercultural Communication

Globalization and Social Justice

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© 2013 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Intercultural Communication: Globalization and Social Justice introduces students to the complex relationships, structures, and contexts that shape intercultural communication in the new millennium. This book examines intercultural communication within the geopolitical, economic, and cultural context of globalization and offers a dynamic and complex understanding of culture that addresses the many challenges we face today—from discrimination, racial profiling, and ethnic conflict to local and global wealth disparities. This book takes a social justice approach and provides a framework to create a more equitable world through communication.

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

Sample Materials & Chapters

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Sorrells provides a valuable foundation for a full understanding of contemporary issues...The approaches used in this text will keep readers engaged and reflective throughout the text. Intercultural Communication: Globalization and Social Justice addresses pertinent issues and is certainly an important and valuable addition to the field.

Wendy V. Chug

"...It was a pleasure to read and teach from a book on intercultural communication that takes into account contemporary and historical forces and contexts of globalization and issues of social justice.

...My students loved the book. They were inspired to engage in self-reflection and critical analysis, finding Sorrells' prose clear and examples compelling"

Robbin Crabtree
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield College, Fairfield, Connecticut

One of the best parts of using this textbook is that Kathryn does not shy away from tackling the real issues that impact students, their lives and their livelihoods today. … she is also so thorough and diligent in her presentation of material that she manages to make the complex issues easier to understand and connect with - both for my students and me.

Hengameh Rabizadeh
California State University, Northridge

Kathryn Sorrells provides readers with new ways of enacting intercultural communication in the context of globalization. Her writing embodies the spirit of 'praxis'-a process of critical analysis, reflection, and action-that transcends the traditional approach to communicating across cultures. Sorrells' contribution is enormous and indispensable if the field of intercultural communication is to remain relevant and meaningful in the lives of our students.

Sachi Sekimoto
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Teaching from an intercultural textbook that utilizes a critical, social justice perspective, and one that is grounded in the reality of globalization is so refreshing. Students relate very well to the contemporary examples Sorrells utilizes and to the organization of this text, which is very intuitive in its design, differing greatly from earlier textbooks in that aspect. One distinct advantage of the textbook is the clarity of the writing without any compromises on the complexity of the concepts and arguments. I love teaching from it because it raises the level of discussion sparked in the classroom and because the intercultural praxis model motivates students to apply what they are learning. It is a text that reframes conversations in the field in ways that just make sense! I enthusiastically recommend it.

Sheena Malhotra
Chair, Gender and Women’s Studies, California State University, Northridge
Key features

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

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  • A password-protected Instructor Teaching Site featuring test banks, PowerPoint presentations, lecture notes, video links, course projects, sample syllabi, and more

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ISBN: 9781412927444
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