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Understanding Intercultural Communication offers a comprehensive look at the foundational concepts of the discipline. Employing the dynamic theme of flexible intercultural communication, it effectively bridges the gap between theory and practice. A distinctive feature is the book's well-balanced emphasis on both cross-national intercultural communication issues and U.S. domestic diversity issues. Written in a conversational style, it presents up-to-date, identity-based frameworks and fresh approaches.
By integrating current empirical research with lively examples, the text illustrates the practical nature of the intercultural communication field. The authors encourage students to think critically by asking thought-provoking questions and posing intercultural ethical dilemmas for students to ponder. They offer strong coverage of such topics as the process of ethnic and cultural identity change, culture shock and intercultural adjustment, intercultural verbal communication styles, conflict facework interactions, romantic relationships and raising bicultural children, global identity challenges, and decision-making choices in intercultural ethics.
Understanding Intercultural Communication features "Jeopardy Boxes" on the use of domestic culture, global culture, and diversity; "Double Take" personal narratives and stories; "Know Thyself" mini-assessments; "Quick Poll" reaction polls; "Picture This" intercultural-interethnic poems; and "Snapshots" illustrating cultural diversity and culture shock. In addition, dialogue scenes, global news clips, practical intercultural toolkits, and checkpoints reinforce student learning in each chapter. An interactive Student Study Guide on CD is included with every copy of the text. An Instructor's Manual/Testing Program and a Companion Website are also available.
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Stella Ting-Toomey is at California State University at Fullerton. Leeva C. Chung is at the University of San Diego.Review:
"This student-centered text engages undergraduates through its presentation and discussion of key concepts by examples, questions, stories, and activities. The authors provide 'food for thought' and the 'proper utensils' for handling the material. . . . This textbook is fresh because it contains many stories and examples that students will connect with."--Armeda C. Reitzel, Humboldt State University
"I especially like the idea of 'posed questions' as chapter titles. It situates the reader in the context of inquiry. The use of figures, tables, photos, Jeopardy Boxes, and intercultural checkpoints adds greatly to the content."--Arvind Singhal, Ohio University, Athens
"The authors write clearly but with a sense of sophistication and depth, so that lower-division students can easily grasp the material, but senior students can be pushed to engage concepts, terms, and theories."--Fernando Delgado, Arizona State University West
"One of the outstanding features of this text is the integration of innovative topics that are not included in other intercultural texts. . . . The student-centered pedagogical approach in this text is the best I've encountered!"--Candice Thomas-Maddox, Ohio University, Lancaster
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