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Theorizing About Intercultural Communication

Edited by:
  • William B. Gudykunst - California State University, Fullerton, USA, California State University, USA


© 2005 | 488 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"Each chapter takes on the issue at hand with a considerable degree of rigor that incorporates extensive literature reviews, theoretical backgrounds, and detailed explanations of the development of each theoretical perspective."
—Adrian Holliday, Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Campus, UK

There are several approaches to incorporating culture into communication theories. First, culture can be integrated with the communication process in the theories of communication. Second, theories can be designed to describe how communication varies across cultures. And third, theories can be generated to explain communication between people from different cultures. In Theorizing About Intercultural Communication, editor William B. Gudykunst brings together key theories that have shaped and influenced human intercultural communication.

Theorizing About Intercultural Communication
provides an excellent overview of the major theories currently in use and examines how these theories will also support the foundation for future research in this area. Contributors to this text include individuals who actually developed the theories covered in the book. Each contributor highlights the evolution, development, and application of the theory to provide a thorough and contemporary view of the field.

Key Features

  • First student text on intercultural communication theories with consistent chapter organization, headings, and pedagogy to aid comprehension and allow for theories to be easily compared and contrasted
  • Intercultural communication theories are discussed by those who developed them to provide a firsthand look at how these theories originated
  • An introductory chapter and part overviews highlight the importance of studying and using intercultural communication theories
  • Each theory's testing and application is emphasized to demonstrate how the theory can be implemented
  • Several new hypotheses on topics such as co-cultural and dialectical concepts are examined, in addition to modifications of long-standing theories, making this the most up-to-date text on intercultural communication theories

Theorizing About Intercultural Communication is an excellent text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on Intercultural Communication, Communication Theory, and Cultural Studies.

William B. Gudykunst
Preface
 
Part I: Introduction
William B. Gudykunst, Carmen M. Lee, Tsukasa Nishida, and Naoto Ogawa
Chapter 1: Theorizing about Intercultural Communication: An Introduction
 
Part II: Theories of Communication Incorporating Culture
W. Barnett Pearce
Chapter 2: The Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM)
Gerry Philipsen, Lisa Coutu, and Patricia Covarrubias
Chapter 3: Speech Codes Theory: Restatement, Revisions, and Response to Criticisms
 
Part III: Theories Focusing on Cross-Cultural Variability in Communication
Stella Ting-Toomey
Chapter 4: The Matrix of Face: An Updated Face-Negotiation Theory
Min-Sun Kim
Chapter 5: Culture-Based Conversational Constraints Theory: Individual- and Culture-Level Analyses
 
Part IV: Theories Focusing on Adaptations in Interactions
Cindy Gallois, Tanya Ogay, and Howard Giles
Chapter 6: Communication Accomodation Theory: A Look Back and a Look Ahead
Judee K. Burgoon and Amy Ebesu Hubbard
Chapter 7: Cross-Cultural and Intercultural Applications of Expectations Violations Theory and Interaction Adaptation Theory
Mark P. Orbe and Regina E. Spellers
Chapter 8: From the Margins to the Center: Utilizing Co-Cultural Theory in Diverse Contexts
 
Part V: Theories Focusing on Identity
Tadasu Todd Imahori and William R. Cupach
Chapter 9: Identity Management Theory: Facework in Intercultural Relationships
Stella Ting-Toomey
Chapter 10: Identity Negotiation Perspective: A Theoretical Framework
Mary Jane Collier
Chapter 11: Theorizing Cultural Identifications: Critical Updates and Continuing Evolution
Michael L. Hecht, Jennifer R. Warren, Eura Jung, and Janice L. Krieger
Chapter 12: A Communication Theory of Identity: Development, Theoretical Perspective, and Future Directions
 
Part VI: Theories Focusing on Effective Communication & Decisions
William B. Gudykunst
Chapter 13: An Anxiety/Uncertainty Management (AUM) Theory of Effective Communication
Young Yun Kim
Chapter 14: Association and Dissociation: A Contextual Theory of Interethnic Communication
John Oetzel
Chapter 15: Effective Intercultural Work Group Communication Theory
 
Part VII: Theories Focusing on Adjustment and Acculturation
Young Yun Kim
Chapter 16: Adapting to a New Culture: An Integrative Communication Theory
Hiroko Nishida
Chapter 17: Cultural Schema Theory
William B. Gudykunst
Chapter 18: An Anxiety/Uncertainty Management (AUM) Theory of Sojourner Adjustment

"Each chapter takes on the issue at hand with a considerable degree of rigor that incorporates extensive literature review, theoretical backgrounds, and detailed explanations of the development of each theoretical perspective."
—International Criminal Justice Review

Adrian Holiday
Canterbury Christ Church University
International Criminal Justice Review

Covers the topic thoroughly from multiple perspectives.

Dr Leanne Dzubinski
School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University
December 1, 2014

Although I haven't adopted this book yet, it is an amazing one-- I plan to use it as part of the intercultural communication courses I plan to teach in the future.

Dr Elif Guler
English Dept, Old Dominion University
July 1, 2012

Excellent text.

Dr Alan Zemel
Culture Communications Dept, Drexel University
November 14, 2009
Key features
  • First book on intercultural communication theories aimed solely at students (to date, all other works have been for colleagues/scholars)
  • Intercultural communication theories are discussed by those who developed them--providing students with a first-hand look on how these theories came about and developed
  • Consistent chapter organization, headings, and pedagogy aid students in the learning of the material and allows for theories to be easily compared and contrasted
  • The introductory chapter and part overviews lay the groundwork for the importance of studying and using intercultural communication theories
  • Emphasis on each theory's testing and application shows students how the theory can be "used" (as opposed to "oh it's all just theory...")
  • Inclusion of several new theories (e.g., co-cultural theory, dialectical theories) and modifications of long-standing theories (e.g., cultural identity theory) make the text the most up-to-date on this topic

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