An Introduction to Intercultural Communication:Identities in a Global Community


An Introduction to Intercultural Communication:Identities in a Global Community



By Fred E. Jandt [College at Brockport former faculty member].

This textbook challenges students to develop cultural competency by developing an understanding of how we perceive and react to cultural rules – not only those of others, but also our own. Going beyond an "American" assessment of the field, this textbook assumes that no culture is privileged over another, be that culture from across the globe or a subculture or subgroup around the corner. Issues of identity, nationality, assimilation, and inter-group relations promote appreciation of diversity among people.



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4th edition.

Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, c2004.

xix, 462, [28] p. : illustrations ; 23 cm.






Located in Drake Library at: GN345 .J43 2004

CONTENTS: Culture as context for communication -- The dispute over defining culture -- Defining communication as an element of culture -- Culture's influence on perception -- Communication variables -- Barriers to intercultural communication -- Stereotypes and prejudice as barriers -- Nonverbal communication -- Language as a barrier -- Cultural values -- Dimensions of culture -- Dominant U.S. cultural patterns: using value orientation theory -- Comparative cultural patterns: Arab culture -- Women, families, and children -- Contact between cultures -- Cultures within cultures -- Immigration and acculturation -- Forces against assimilation -- Forces to conform to one cultural identity -- Reclaiming a culture -- Identity and subgroups -- Multiculturalism.