Written in a conversational style, this book introduces students to the foundations of intercultural communication, a vibrant discipline within the field.
Authors Stella Ting-Toomey and Leeva Chung take a multicontextual, inclusive approach that balances international and intercultural communication issues against U.S. domestic diversity issues. In addition to emphasizing a value-oriented perspective on intercultural encounters, the text contains a robust ethicalchapter, complete with specific guidelines that will help students become ethical intercultural communicators.
By integrating current empirical research with lively intercultural examples, the authors ask thought-provoking questions and pose ethical dilemmas for students to ponder.
The text offers a sprawling treatment of such topics as ethnic and cultural identity change, culture shock and intercultural adjustment, romantic relationships and raising bicultural children, global identity challenges, and decision-making choices in intercultural ethics.
NEW TO THIS EDITION:* Two new special features, "Blog Pic" and "Blog Post," which update all the photos and poignant personal stories found throughout the first edition* A greater focus on the impact of technology on intercultural communication message exchange processes* An updated discussion of multiracial and biracial identity in Chapter 4* Updates to the popular "Jeopardy Boxes" BL More than 250 new references* "Live-chat," a special boxed feature, which emphasizes the importance of adaptive code-switching in managing intercultural misunderstanding via lively dialogue