The handbook of critical intercultural communication /

"The Handbook of Critical Intercultural Communication aims to furnish scholars with a consolidated resource of works that highlights all aspects of the field, its historical inception, logics, terms, and possibilities."--

Other Authors: Nakayama, Thomas K., Halualani, Rona Tamiko.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
Series: Handbooks in communication and media.
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Nakayama (communication, Arizona State Univ.), Halualani (communication, San Jose State Univ.), and their fellow contributors look at how intercultural communication should be investigated and interpreted at a larger, theoretical level and at what actually happens in particular local-global contexts. Particularly resonant are chapters by Leda Cooks ("Revisiting the Borderlands of Critical Intercultural Communication"), who writes "border identities ... are interconnected and tightened or loosened as we move from inter/personal identity constructions in-relation-to others to the institutions that support (or do not) those constructions," and Melissa Curtin ("Coculturation: Toward a Critical Theoretical Framework of Cultural Adjustment"), who says the term "coculturation" reveals "the complex and ongoing processes of identification for all members of a community; to challenge any notion of a static, monolithic target culture.. Other significant contributions include chapters by Jolanta Drzewiecka (on national historical memories), Etsuko Kinefuchi (Japanese identities throughout the Americas), Radhika Gajjala (South Asian identities in Second Life), and Hsin-I Cheng (facilitating an intercultural communication workshop for management at a maquiladora). Some chapters would benefit from more careful editing for spelling and grammar, but these distractions will not discourage the reader from appreciating the significant content of this book. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty. K. Sorensen Bentley University

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