Intercultural Communication: A Peacebuilding Perspective by Martin S. Remland, Tricia S. Jones, Anita  Foeman, Dolores Rafter Arévalo
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Intercultural Communication
A Peacebuilding Perspective
We live in an increasingly more globalized world, where living and working with people of various cultures is a nearly everyday occurrence. These interactions, combined with ever-growing opportunities for students to explore and study in foreign settings, make it important to master effective ways to engage and learn from these experiences. Intercultural Communication will engage readers interested in developing intercultural competence with an eye towards fostering diverse and vibrant communities that coexist peacefully.

The authors begin by defining competent communication and describing how it contributes to peaceful communities before considering how cultural differences relate to the effects of cultural frames, emotions, and nonverbal and verbal communication. The second half of the book surveys how culture influences friendships, families, classrooms, workplaces, the media, and our visits to cultures different from our own. Recognizing the effects of these influences allows readers to take advantage of opportunities and overcome obstacles to more fully immerse themselves in a different way of life. Each chapter offers various boxed inserts with important and entertaining insights to supplement topics and provide opportunities for discussion.
“While covering similar topics as other texts on the subject, Remland et al. cover these concepts in a more meaningful way with a learner-centric format and relevant examples. I was especially drawn to the peacebuilding perspective, which is cleverly worked into themes by illustrating our common humanity yet cultural uniqueness.” — Erin Saxon, Endicott College

“The central premise of peacebuilding is a reflective way to make intercultural concepts real—having a goal like this in mind while reading helps to solidify not only the ‘what’ of culture but also the ‘why.’” — Bruce Kuiper, Dordt College

“We adopted it because of the peacebuilding focus and because it so intelligently applies the curriculum to contexts of diversity rather than largely ignoring that context as so many intercultural communication texts do.” — Martha Bienert, GateWay Community College
Table of Contents

1 Intercultural Communication in the Global Community
What Is Culture? / What Is Communication? / Why Study Intercultural Communication? / The Ethics of Intercultural Communication / Summary

2. A Peacebuilding View of Intercultural Communication
Intercultural Communication Competence / Intercultural Communication Competence and the Peacebuilding Process / A Peacebuilding Model of Intercultural Communication / Summary


3. Cultural Identity
The Genesis of Cultural Identity / Defining Cultural Identity / Developing a Cultural Identity / Sources of Cultural Identity / Obstacles and Challenges to Peacebuilding / Identity and Intercultural Communication Competence / Summary

4. Cultural Frames of Reference
What Are Cultural Frames? / Why Are Cultural Frames Important? / Important Cultural Frames / Obstacles and Challenges to Peacebuilding / Cultural Frames and Intercultural Communication Competence / Summary

5. Culture and Emotion
The Nature of Emotion / Cultural Influences on Emotional Experience / Obstacles and Challenges to Peacebuilding / Emotion and Intercultural Communication Competence / Summary

6. Culture and Nonverbal Communication
The Nature of Nonverbal Communication / The Impact of Culture on Nonverbal Communication / Obstacles and Challenges to Peacebuilding / Nonverbal Communication and Intercultural Communication Competence / Summary

7. Culture and Verbal Communication
Language and Cultural Identity / Cultural Influences on Verbal Codes and Styles / Obstacles and Challenges to Peacebuilding / Verbal Communication and Intercultural Communication Competence / Summary


8. Intercultural Communication and Friendship
The Foundations of Relationships / Cultural Influences on Friendship / Challenges of Intercultural Friendships / Relational Development in Intercultural Friendships / Opportunities for Contact and Dialogue / Summary

9. Intercultural Communication in the Family
Family Characteristics and Types of Families / Cultural Influences on Family Orientations / The Effects of Culture on Family Systems / Opportunities for Contact and Dialogue / Summary

10. Intercultural Communication in the Classroom
Diversity in Educational Settings / Cultural Differences in Education Expectations / Examples of Diversity-Related Conflicts in Schools / Opportunities for Contact and Dialogue / Summary

11. Intercultural Communication in the Workplace
Cultural Diversity in the American Workplace / Globalization and Cross-Cultural Differences in the Workplace / Opportunities for Contact and Dialogue / Summary

12. Intercultural Communication in the Media
Culture and the Internet / Influence of Media Representations / Opportunities for Contact and Dialogue / Summary

13. Intercultural Communication and the Sojourn Experience
Transformation of Worldview through the Sojourn Experience / The Culture Shock Curve / Phases of the Sojourn Experience / Understanding Your Cultural Identity / Models of Cultural Adaptation / The Benefits of Study Abroad / Opportunities for Contact and Dialogue / Summary