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This new edition provides a very comprehensive and most up-to-date account of the key concepts and current issues in intercultural communication to accommodate the changing practice in an increasingly digitalized age. Theoretical discussions are complemented with case studies and stimulating questions for critical thinking and group discussion.
This second edition has continued its mission to stimulate students' critical thinking on intercultural communication across continents, using highly accessible language and vivid examples from various parts of the world. Theoretical concepts and cases have been enriched and updated. The "Theory Corner" equips students with more cultural and related theories and resources which enable them to self-learn and explore further.
The second edition of Introducing Intercultural Communication strikes a balance between theory and practice that I found really valuable. The global examples used throughout the book show an application of theories that otherwise can feel quite abstract. The whole book flows in a logical manner, however each chapter stands alone in providing a glimpse into global cultures and the theories we use to communicate within them.
Introducing Intercultural Communication was published in 2011 and written by a ‘multinational team of authors’ (book cover) from the University of Queensland, Australia. Though not officially presented as a textbook, it can obviously serve as one. The book is composed of 13 chapters and a very useful glossary. The chapters cover various aspects of intercultural communication and the Global: e.g. the influence of culture on perception, (non-) verbal communication, categorizations, subgroups and identities, intercultural conflicts, etc.
Brilliant book at the right level with excellent companion website
I use it as textbook in my Intercultural Communication class
The text book covers intercultural concepts in a modern and in-depth way. It moves away from US-centric views and tries to open up a broader perspective which makes it more attractive and relevant to students in Europe. The theoretical concepts are covered in the usual manner. What makes this book exceptional are the further reading blocks. The teaser texts provide a good idea whether it is worth the effort to look up an original research paper or not. Some very interesting aspects which take theoretical concepts to a deeper level can be found there!
I think the book's structure predestines it for beginners. The short (and well visualized) intro chapters for each issue/theory/term give a good first overview, and the case studies indeed help to illustrate the discussion before.
Excellent resource which is relevant and combines theory and contemporary multicultural societies
Useful companion website
What we needed was a book that focussed more narrowly on the international business context. This book is better suited to a humanities module. Students of communications and linguistics will get more out of this than business students. Not a bad book, but more general than specific.
A very relevant and useful book for communication in a multi cultural society. The book is set out well with interesting questions and discussion points. The extra reading and web site links were also very useful. I would recommend this book if you are interested in cross cultural communication.
Provides good theoretical basics within a global context pertinent for today's communication world
Well written and pleasant to read introductory text to Intercultural Communication. The case studies, included in this edition, are of great value for understanding theoretical claims and suppositions. Includes valuable online materials to support interactive teaching.
This is a fantastic text book. The chapters are well divided and can be used for specific lectures. I am especially impressed with the chapter on Understanding Culture (Chapter 3)and Mass Media, Technology and Cultural Change (Chapter 12). I have put the book as a recommended text.
An excellent overview of intercultural communications.