Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach

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SAGE Publications, Dec 27, 2016 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 528 pages

In the fully updated Seventh Edition of Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, bestselling author James W. Neuliep provides a clear contextual model (visually depicted by a series of concentric circles) for examining communication within cultural, microcultural, environmental, sociorelational, and perceptual contexts. Students are first introduced to the broadest context—the cultural component of the model—and progress chapter by chapter through the model to the most specific dimensions of communication. Each chapter focuses on one context and explores the combination of factors within that context, including setting, situation, and circumstances. Highlighting values, ethnicity, physical geography, and attitudes, the book examines means of interaction, including body language, eye contact, and exchange of words, as well as the stages of relationships, cross-cultural management, intercultural conflict, and culture shock.


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A Note on Culture and Language
The Common Good Approach
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The Cultural Context
The Nonverbal Code
Developing Intercultural Relationships
Empathy and Similarity in Relationship
Intercultural Relational Maintenance

Developing Intercultural Communication
Microcultural Group Status
of HispanicsLatinos
Native AmericansAmerican Indians
The Environmental Context
Monochronic Versus Polychronic Time
The Perceptual Context
The Sociorelational Context
California English
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Intercultural Dialogue Conflict Resolution and
Conflict Resolution in High Versus LowContext
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Discussion Questions
Intercultural Communication in Business
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James W. Neuliep (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma) conducts research and teaches courses in intercultural communication, communication theory, communication apprehension, ethnocentrism, and research methods at St. Norbert College. In addition to his introductory intercultural communication textbook, he was also written an introductory communication theory textbook, and his research has appeared in many respected journals. He is the former editor of the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research and has served on the editorial boards of Communication Reports, Communication Research Reports, Communication Studies; International and Intercultural Communication, Journal of Communication; Journal of Applied Communication Research; Journal of Social Behavior and Personality; and Communication Quarterly.

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