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March 2020
March 2020

Exploring Intercultural Communication

Version 2.0 By: Scott McLean

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Exploring Intercultural Communication is suitable for courses such as intercultural communication, communication between cultures, or similar topics taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at both two- and four-year colleges and universities.

Exploring Intercultural Communication provides a comprehensive, integrated approach to the study and application of intercultural communication principles. It covers both formal and informal communications between customers, clients, friends, family, colleagues, and team members. The book presents cross-cultural research findings on how daily interactions impact individuals’ relationships and careers. Exploring Intercultural Communication explores how communication and culture intersect in real-world contexts to demonstrate the complex yet understandable nature of intercultural communication. Students will learn how to constructively apply the strategies presented in this text to become more effective communicators across cultures.

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Version 2.0 of Exploring Intercultural Communication features over 120 updates to modernize the book's content, including updates to many of the book's sectionn headings. This version of the text also incorporates "Discussion Starters" in every chapter to engage readers and make the book more online-friendly.

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  • About the Author
  • Acknowledgments
  • Dedications
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Introducing Intercultural Communication

  • 1.1 A Brief Introduction
  • 1.2 Why Study Intercultural Communication?
  • 1.3 Effective Cross-Cultural Communication
  • 1.4 What Is Communication?
  • 1.5 What Is Culture?
  • 1.6 Contexts of Intercultural Communication
  • 1.7 Additional Resources
  • Chapter 2: Why Don’t We All See Things the Same Way?

  • 2.1 A Brief Introduction
  • 2.2 Self-Understanding and Intercultural Communication
  • 2.3 Perception Across Cultures
  • 2.4 Cultural Differences in Perception
  • 2.5 Awareness of our Diversity
  • 2.6 Listening
  • 2.7 Additional Resources
  • Chapter 3: Intercultural and International Communication

  • 3.1 A Brief Introduction
  • 3.2 Understanding Intercultural Communication
  • 3.3 Universal Cultural Characteristics
  • 3.4 Diverse Cultural Characteristics
  • 3.5 Global Marketplaces and International Communication
  • 3.6 The International Job Assignment
  • 3.7 World Religions
  • 3.8 Additional Resources
  • Chapter 4: Relationships, Culture, and Conflict

  • 4.1 A Brief Introduction
  • 4.2 Our Internal Communication
  • 4.3 Cultural Identities and Self-Concept
  • 4.4 Interpersonal Needs: Universal across Cultures
  • 4.5 Self-Revelation and Cultural Awareness
  • 4.6 The Ritual of Conversation Across Cultures
  • 4.7 Conflict and Intercultural Communication
  • 4.8 Additional Resources
  • Chapter 5: Verbal Communication across Cultures

  • 5.1 A Brief Introduction
  • 5.2 What Is Language?
  • 5.3 Multiple Meanings across Cultures
  • 5.4 Principles of Verbal Communication
  • 5.5 Language Can Be an Obstacle to Intercultural Communication
  • 5.6 Improving Verbal Communication across Cultures
  • 5.7 Additional Resources
  • Chapter 6: Nonverbal Communication across Cultures

  • 6.1 A Brief Introduction
  • 6.2 Principles of Nonverbal Communication
  • 6.3 Diverse Types of Nonverbal Communication
  • 6.4 Communication Without Words
  • 6.5 Improving Your Nonverbal Communication across Cultures
  • 6.6 Additional Resources
  • Chapter 7: Intercultural Communication, Popular Culture, and Social Change

  • 7.1 A Brief Introduction
  • 7.2 Popular Culture and Intercultural Communication
  • 7.3 Intercultural Communication, Relationships, Groups, and Communities
  • 7.4 Organizational Cultures and Communication
  • 7.5 Intercultural Communication and Social Change
  • 7.6 Additional Resources
  • Chapter 8: Social Media and Intercultural Communication

  • 8.1 A Brief Introduction
  • 8.2 Virtual Communication across Cultures
  • 8.3 Diverse Representations of Affiliation Online
  • 8.4 Diverse Representations of Difference Online
  • 8.5 Online Intercultural Collaboration
  • 8.6 Additional Resources
  • Chapter 9: Intercultural Communication across Contexts

  • 9.1 A Brief Introduction
  • 9.2 Health across Cultures
  • 9.3 Tourism across Cultures
  • 9.4 Law Enforcement across Cultures
  • 9.5 Education around the World
  • 9.6 Additional Resources
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    Scott mclean

    Scott McLean Walden University

    Scott McLean is a Contributing Faculty Member in the Communication Department at Walden University. He also served as an Associate Professor of Business Communication for the W. A. Franke College of Business, Northern Arizona University—Yuma, on a combined campus partnership with the University of Arizona and Arizona Western College. Scott McLean was the 2007–2011 Shadle-EdgeCombe Endowed Faculty Chair at Arizona Western College. Scott is the author of The Basics of Speech Communication, The Basics of Interpersonal Communication, and The Basic of Communication Studies, currently published by Pearson. He is also the author of Business Communication for Success, Business English for Success, Writing for Success, Intercultural Communication, and Group Communication (co-authored with Phil Venditti) with FlatWorld, has published in peer-review journals, classic car magazines, and newspapers. From his experience working with students at the community college and undergraduate level, including English 95 (development), 100 (college prep), 101 (composition and argumentation), 102 (literature and analysis) and 350 (business communication), he has learned the importance of clear, concise learning resources with scaffolding, frequent opportunities for engagement and demonstration of skill mastery, and the importance of the first English course as well as the Business Communication/English course on overall academic success for many students. He also serves as an international consultant to business and industry, and has worked with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon; served on the Small Business and Innovative Research (SBIR) Evaluation Panel for the National Institutes of Health; evaluated programs for the Ministry of Hacienda, Chile; and many others. He has taught at AWC/San Luis on the US/Mexican Border, for Central Oregon Community College’s Branch Campus on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, and for Universidad San Sebastian in Concepcion, Chile. Scott studied at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, at Washington State University's Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, and at Northern Arizona University–Flagstaff Department of English in the area of Professional Writing. He and his family divide their time between Chile and the United States.
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