Among Cultures

The Challenge of Communication

Author: Bradford J. Hall,Patricia O. Covarrubias,Kristin A. Kirschbaum

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317219155

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 428

View: 5098

Among Cultures: The Challenge of Communication, Third Edition explores intercultural communication and the relationship between communication and culture, using narrative as a common and compelling thread for studying intercultural interactions. Anchored in the position that people make sense of their worlds through choosing and telling narratives to themselves and others, this text is replete with narratives and stories. Chapters address key aspects of intercultural communication, including verbal and nonverbal communication; stereotypes and bias; identity; conflict; diversity; and ethics. Using an interpretive approach to intercultural communication, the text helps students understand that although a person may appear different, his/her common sense is quite reasonable within a particular interpretive context. Resources are included to help students understand and explain the reasonableness of other cultural systems. The text includes activities for students to complete while reading, including self-assessments and nonverbal self-knowledge tests. Reflection questions within and at the end of each chapter promote thinking and discussion on each topic. With its unique approach to studying intercultural communication via real-life narratives, this text facilitates a deep understanding of the cultural aspects of communication. In providing the narratives of others, it encourages students to tell their own stories and build a strong foundation for communicating across cultures. New to the Third Edition: New chapter—"What Role Does Culture Play in Contemporary Contexts?"—explores intercultural communication as it relates to the environment, health, and technology. New sections on identity, silence, and terms of address as important communicative practices in intercultural settings. Updated sections on honorifics, key terms, social dramas and the golden approaches to ethics.

Understanding Global News

A Critical Introduction

Author: Jaap van Ginneken

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761957096

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 239

View: 3422

Using the enormous number of available examples and a range of theoretical perspectives, the author demonstrates the ways in which the news media are able to manipulate an individual's perception of the world.

The World Factbook

Author: Central Intelligence Agency

Publisher: Masterlab

ISBN: 8379912136

Category: Reference

Page: 3100

View: 8732

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The World Factbook is prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency. Comprehensive guide full of facts, maps, flags, and detailed information. A must for travellers, businessmen, politicians, and all who wants to know more about our fascinating world. -- We share these facts with the people of all nations in the belief that knowledge of the truth underpins the functioning of free societies (From official webpage). Tags: world, guide, facts, almanach

Bridges Not Walls: A Book About Interpersonal Communication

Author: John Stewart

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 9780073534312

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 560

View: 6903

Since the first edition in 1973, Bridges Not Walls has examined the power and promise of interpersonal communication in intimate relationships, families, communities, and cultures. The text presents a broad range of scholarly and popular articles drawn from several disciplines, including communication, psychology, and philosophy, all chosen for their understandability and practical applicability. Within these readings are thought-provoking discussions of interpersonal contact, identity-management, verbal and nonverbal cues, perception, listening, assertiveness and self-disclosure, family communication, intimacy and social support, defensiveness and hurtful communication, conflict management, culture, and dialogue. Together, the readings emphasize the social and relational elements of human communication, the overlapping influence of verbal and nonverbal cues, the prominence of culture, and the close connection between quality of communication and quality of life.

Geeks & Geezers

How Era, Values, and Defining Moments Shape Leaders

Author: Warren G. Bennis,Robert J. Thomas

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 9781578515820

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 7518

Explores the dynamic process that forges new leaders, explaining how key turning points and challenges force individuals to decide who they are and what their capabilities are.

The Modern Researcher

Author: Jacques Barzun,Henry Franklin Graff

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780155055292

Category: Reference

Page: 322

View: 9584

Presents an updated edition of the classic manual on all aspects of research and writing, including coverage of the Internet and the library.

Communication in Our Lives

Author: Julia T. Wood

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1305949544

Category: Drama

Page: 50

View: 1185

COMMUNICATION IN OUR LIVES, 8th Edition, provides everything students need to strengthen their interpersonal, group, public speaking, and media literacy skills -- as well as demonstrates the value of communication in their personal and professional lives. Award-winning scholar Julia T. Wood combines the latest research and theory with hands-on skills development to help readers become more confident and effective communicators. In addition to its signature coverage of social and cultural diversity, the eighth edition includes an early emphasis on public speaking, expanded coverage of mass and social media, a new focus on health communication, and examples of the importance of effective communication in today's careers. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Vibrant English Verb

Mastering Meaning and Usage

Author: Steven Landon West, Ph.d.

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781533597960


Page: 136

View: 7048

The Vibrant English Verb: Mastering Meaning and Usage draws upon Dr. Steven West's work with more than 5,000 ESL students in his linguistics and advanced grammar courses during the past fifteen years. It was created for teachers and advanced students of English as a Second Language. It demonstrates the vibrancy of English verbs in the ways that they interact with each other in a discourse. Dr. West's extensive knowledge of languages other than English has given him special understanding of the English Learner's dilemma. He has identified the most vexing problems students encounter when studying verbs and has provided detailed, easy-to-understand explanations along with pictorial timelines which clearly identify the relationships among the constituents of a sentence, a paragraph or a dialog. This book focuses on the 12 tenses of the indicative mood in English. Verbs in these 12 forms provide the linguistic foundation for the entire English language since verbs hold sway over all sentences. Most languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish, for example) have only limited forms of verb tenses. That's why the students from these languages have extreme difficulty with our verb system. Consider the following English sentence: "We would have been reading the book all day yesterday if the dog hadn't chewed up the pages." If this were to be translated into Chinese, the equivalent English version of that translation would be: "We no read book-." In order for Chinese English Learners to master the English version, they must understand the meaning and usage of auxiliary verbs ("would have been") along with the main verb as a present participle, ("reading"). They have no frame of reference from their own language to guide them toward this understanding. The difficulty for them is that Chinese has no auxiliary verbs; nor does its grammar include participles. This book also provides many sample dialogues which, sentence by sentence, verb by verb, help teachers and students refine their understanding of which verb tense to use under what circumstances and why. Dr. West's text is the perfect companion for teachers of ESL and for students who realize that although they may have passed many English proficiency tests, they are still stymied in their real-world use of English.


A Continental Perspective

Author: Christoph Wulf

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226925080

Category: Social Science

Page: 408

View: 4626

Originally published in German, Christoph Wulf’s Anthropology sets its sights on a topic as ambitious as its title suggests: anthropology itself. Arguing for an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach to anthropology that incorporates science, philosophy, history, and many other disciplines, Wulf examines—with breathtaking scope—all the ways that anthropology has been understood and practiced around the globe and through the years. Seeking a central way to understand anthropology in the midst of many different approaches to the discipline, Wulf concentrates on the human body. An emblem of society, culture, and time, the body is also the result of many mimetic processes—the active acquisition of cultural knowledge. By examining the role of the body in the performance of rituals, gestures, language, and other forms of imagination, he offers a bold new look at how culture is produced, handed down, and transformed. Drawing such examinations into a comprehensive and sophisticated assessment of the discipline as a whole, Anthropology looks squarely at the mystery of humankind and the ways we have attempted to understand it.

Things Fall Apart

Author: Chinua Achebe

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 9780241357088


Page: 176

View: 8252

Okonkwo is the greatest warrior alive, famous throughout West Africa. But when he accidentally kills a clansman, things begin to fall apart. Then Okonkwo returns from exile to find missionaries and colonial governors have arrived in the village. With his world thrown radically off-balance he can only hurtle towards tragedy. Chinua Achebe's stark novel reshaped both African and world literature. This arresting parable of a proud but powerless man witnessing the ruin of his people begins Achebe's landmark trilogy of works chronicling the fate of one African community, continued in Arrow of God and No Longer at Ease.


Author: Rudolph Verderber,Kathleen Verderber,Deanna Sellnow

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1439036403

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 464

View: 6050

Continually praised by reviewers for its clear and concise writing style, this ground breaking and market-leading fundamentals of communication text focuses students on skill building and competency orientation. The authors provide lively contemporary examples to ground theory, to increase comprehension, and to help students become skillful communicators. COMMUNICATE! encourages active learning through well-designed skill-building activities, video scenarios, ethics cases, speech action-step exercises, and sample speeches. With co-author Deanna Sellnow joining the author team, the Thirteenth Edition of COMMUNICATE! incorporates important theoretical updates in the field and reflects issues and interests of today’s college students. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Living in the Environment: Principles, Connections, and Solutions

Author: G. Tyler Miller,Scott Spoolman

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1133169546

Category: Science

Page: 800

View: 2018

Sustainability is the integrating theme of this current and thought-provoking book. LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT provides the basic scientific tools for understanding and thinking critically about the environment. Co-authors G. Tyler Miller and Scott Spoolman inspire students to take a positive approach toward finding and implementing useful environmental solutions in their own lives and in their careers. Updated with the most up-to-date information, art, and Good News examples, the text engages and motivates students with vivid case studies and hands-on quantitative exercises. The concept-centered approach transforms complex environmental topics and issues into key concepts that students will understand and remember. Overall, by framing the concepts with goals for more sustainable lifestyles and human communities, students see how promising the future can be. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Theory and Practice of Corporate Communication

A Competing Values Perspective

Author: Alan T. Belasen

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 141295035X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 271

View: 8095

Corporate communication is a dynamic interplay of complementary and often competing orientations: unity and variety, consistency, and creativity. This title offers a coherent, integrative approach by examining the topic and tasks from the framework of the Competing Values Perspective. This perspective allows for the exploration of corporate communication as a unified, highly interdependent function.

The Challenge of Effective Speaking

Author: Rudolph F. Verderber

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780534562519

Category: Public speaking

Page: 372

View: 6528

Wadsworth's best selling Public Speaking text, the Verderbers' CHALLENGE OF EFFECTIVE SPEAKING, features a skills-oriented, mainstream approach that has effectively led hundreds of thousands of students through the challenges they face as they develop and deliver speeches. The speech making process is presented in a six-step framework based on classical and contemporary theory. The straightforward writing style and effective use of examples enables students to understand and effectively perform key speech making activities. The six-step framework emphasizes topic selection, audience analysis and adaptation, effective research (including appropriate use of Internet resources), organization (with emphasis on outlining), language and delivery. The six action steps are introduced in generic form and then later adapted to follow principles of informative and persuasive speaking.

International Public Relations

Negotiating Culture, Identity, and Power

Author: Patricia A. Curtin,T. Kenn Gaither

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1452279012

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

View: 3961

International Public Relations: Negotiating Culture, Identity, and Power offers the first critical-cultural approach to international public relations theory and practice. Authors Patricia A. Curtin and T. Kenn Gaither introduce students to a cultural-economic model and accompanying practice matrix that explain public relations techniques and practices in a variety of regulatory, political, and cultural climates. offers the first critical-cultural approach to international public relations theory and practice. Authors Patricia A. Curtin and T. Kenn Gaither introduce students to a cultural-economic model and accompanying practice matrix that explain public relations techniques and practices in a variety of regulatory, political, and cultural climates.

The Art of Public Speaking

Author: Stephen Lucas

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education

ISBN: 0077797663

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 480

View: 1355

For over 30 years, instructors around the world have successfully used The Art of Public Speaking to teach the development and presentation of effective speeches. Through personalized and adaptive instruction, the program helps each student think critically, build confidence and make the leap from learning the principles to mastering competent speaking in the classroom and throughout life.

The Cultural Dimension of International Business

Author: Gary P. Ferraro

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780205747337

Category: Intercultural communication

Page: 230

View: 8167

"Demonstrates how the theory and insights of cultural anthropology can positively influence the conduct of global business. " "The Cultural Dimension of Global Business" provides a foundation for understanding the impact of culture on global business and global business on culture. Learning GoalsUpon completing this book readers will be able to: Understand the interaction between global business and culture Discuss comparative values and cultural differences Know the importance of understanding nonverbal communication patterns prevalent in the international business arena Examine three functional processes critical to success in conducting global business: negotiating, partnering, and managing Note: MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit: or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchlab (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 020589786X / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205897865.

Strategic Business Communication

An Integrated, Ethical Approach

Author: Robyn Walker

Publisher: South-Western Pub

ISBN: 9780324300819

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 246

View: 4472

STRATEGIC BUSINESS COMMUNICATION provides an alternative theoretical foundation to the teaching of business communication. The text is grounded in theory with connections to communication in business and the real world. The approach shows students how various business courses are related and highlights communication as a practice that is applicable to all business situations regardless of the discipline, department, or organizational level at which it takes place. The author emphasizes strategic thinking and explores communication as the learning and application of a set of related skills rather than as a discrete collection of document types and rules for memorization. The text is concise and logically organized, actually utilizing the principles of effective business writing. Application based, it provides appropriate assignments for students and instructors.

Intercultural Interactions

A Practical Guide

Author: Kenneth Cushner,Richard W. Brislin

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9780803959910

Category: Psychology

Page: 365

View: 8446

This new edition of Intercultural Interactions presents a fully updated set of training materials which have been developed to form the basis of a variety of cross-cultural orientation programmes. These materials are based on the assumption that there are commonalities, or similar personal experiences, when people live and work in cultures other than their own. More comprehensive in scope than its predecessor, the Second Edition also contains a practical new user's guide, and its expanded coverage draws readers in with more vivid scenarios and examples reflecting changing world events and social milieu.