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The Intercultural Communication Playbook

The Intercultural Communication Playbook

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December 2023 | 656 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Featuring a three-prong approach on culture, communication, and creative problem solving, The Intercultural Communication Playbook, with its unique, user-friendly layout and presentation, highlights how active, imaginative, and productive problem-solving methods can transform the way students understand intercultural communication. This framework from authors Teri Kwal Gamble, Michael W. Gamble, and Xiaowen Guan guides learners to understand their intercultural identity, broaden their worldview, and successfully improve their communication in real-world settings. Each chapter features exercises that encourage students to diversify their everyday thinking, individually examine their personal preferences, eliminate mental barriers, and discover innovative solutions to intercultural communication challenges.

Part One—Foundations
Chapter 1. Introducing Intercultural Communication
Chapter 2. Identity And Cultural Awareness
Part Two—Cultural Codes
Chapter 3. Verbal Communication and Culture
Chapter 4. Nonverbal Communication and Culture: Beyond Words
Part Three—Cultural Values and Patterns
Chapter 5. Understanding Cultural Variability: Patterns, Values and Behavior
Part Four—Intercultural Relationship Building
Chapter 6: Intercultural Relationships: Person to Person
Chapter 7: Race and Intergroup Relationships
Chapter 8: Gender, Sexuality, and Culture
Chapter 9. Navigating Intercultural Conflict
Chapter 10. Immigration, Empathy, And Communication: The Transitioning Connection
Part Five—Applied Dimensions of Intercultural Communication
Chapter 11. Professional Contexts: Intercultural Communication In Business, Education, And Health
Chapter 12. Media And Culture: The Pop-Culture Mix
Chapter 13. Future-Telling: Reimagining the Role of Intercultural Communicator


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"This book discusses different theories of intercultural communication and provides a deeper understanding of how these theories impact different aspects of our life. The focus is more on the present and future versus the past."

Gretchen Arthur
Lansing Community College

"One of the most up-to-date textbooks on intercultural communication. Intelligently written, it is also one of the very first in which I can see a genuine effort to present intercultural communication from a less US-centric perspective."

Clara L. Popa
Rowan University

"This is a timely book that references current events and asks students to think deeply about their own attitudes towards themselves and others to teach intercultural communication."

Priya Wadhera
Adelphi University

great layout, content and ancillaries

Dr Jennifer Hallett
Communication Studies, Young Harris College
March 20, 2024
Key features
  • This text is available in Sage Vantage, an intuitive learning platform that integrates quality Sage textbook content with assignable multimedia activities and auto-graded assessments to drive student engagement and ensure accountability. Unparalleled in its ease of use and built for dynamic teaching and learning, Vantage offers customizable LMS integration and best-in-class support.
  • Insightful, diverse examples and real-world scenarios engage and encourage students to develop self-awareness as they explore their own cultural backgrounds and identities.
  • Learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter outline key objectives and help students master important concepts and prepare for exams.
  • Opening vignettes introduce the relevance of chapter content through contemporary examples of communication in action, exemplifying chapter themes with engaging and relevant stories.
  • "Self-Assessments" help students discover what they know and don't know yet about intercultural communication, uncovering aspects for growth and the opportunity to analyze factors affecting the development of intercultural communication strengths.
  • "Insight Builders" features encourage students to explore the degree to which their attitudes and beliefs influence their behavior towards persons from their own and other cultures.
  • "Imagine This" boxes demonstrate idea building activities prompting students to use their creativity and knowledge to answer questions, solve problems, and grow their intercultural communication understanding and competence.
  • "Stretch Your Understanding" exercises challenge students to observe intercultural communication in action and reflect on their own experiences and discoveries.
  • "Creative Tips" boxes offers students suggestions for practicing behaviors designed to achieve results by enhancing their intercultural communication abilities.
  • Case Studies include chapter-ending cases designed to provide creative problem-solving experiences enabling students to apply what they have learned.
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