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Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication

The study of intercultural communication has tried to answer the question, 'How do people understand one another when they do not share a common cultural experience?' Just a few decades ago, this question was one faced mainly by diplomats, expatriates and the occasional international traveller. Today, living in multicultural societies within a global village, we all face the question everyday. As the world grows smaller, cultural isolationism is no longer an option: communicating across cultures is an integral part of a modern existence. In the long awaited second edition of Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication, editor Milton J. Bennett provides a comprehensive overview of the field from a constructivist perspective. In addition to his insightful analysis, Bennett offers a full complement of classic readings on the topic of intercultural communication, including: Science and Linguistics, by Benjamin Lee Whorf, The Power of Hidden Differences, by Edward T. Hall, Culture: A Perpetual Approach, by Marshall R. Singer, Communication in a Global Village, by Dean Barlund, Cultural Identity: Reflections on Multiculturalism, by Peter S. Adler. Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication has been revised and expanded in response to the rapid evolution of multicultural societies around the world. It explores contemporary applications of intercultural interaction as well as strategies for success. The impact of intercultural communication can be felt in both our personal and professional lives - and as such, demands our attention.
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Milton J. Bennett served in the Peace Corps in Micronesia, received his doctorate in communication from the University of Minnesota, and has taught communication at Portland state University. He is currently a co-director of The Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon. He is also co-author of American Cultural Patterns, with Edward C. Stewart.


A thorough redo of the 1998 edition, Dr. Bennett does an incredible job presenting the key concepts of a complex dynamic, in the process pointing out what we may erroneously be holding onto in the work we do today. He highlights what is needed, and points the way for us to get there. -- Dianne Hofner Saphiere, Founder, Cultural Detective, This innovate collection, with its developmental learning focus, explores the core building blocks of intercultural communication. The introductory chapter lays out a coherent, theory-to-practice foundation in explaining everyday intercultural interactions. This timely volume, with its provocative set of essays, illuminates the complexities of intercultural relations. The book will be widely read by educators, trainers, counselors, managers and anyone who is curious about the field of intercultural communication. -- Stella Ting-Toomey, International Journal of Intercultural Relations A concise and coherent overview of the intercultural field and an amazingly exacting work that challenges our thoughts and inclinations. An outstanding achievement. -- Dialogin - The Delta Cultural Academy, Patrick Schmidt

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