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Chapter 1: Opening the Conversation: Studying Intercultural Communication Definitions of Culture Studying Intercultural Communication Intercultural Praxis in the Context of Globalization Summary Key Terms Discussion Questions and Activities References Chapter 2: Understanding the Context of Globalization The Role of History in Intercultural Communication The Role of Power in Intercultural Communication Intercultural Communication in the Context of Globalization Intercultural Dimensions of Economic Globalization Intercultural Dimensions of Political Globalization Intercultural Dimensions of Cultural Globalization Summary Key Terms Discussion Questions and Activities References Chapter 3: Globalizing Body Politics: Embodied Verbal and Nonverbal Communication Hip Hop Culture Constructing Social Worlds Through Communication Marking Difference Through Communication The Social Construction of Race: From Colonization to Globalization Resignifying Race in the Context of Globalization Hip Hop Culture: Alternative Performances of Difference Summary Key Terms Discussion Questions and Activities References Chapter 4: (Dis)Placing Culture and Cultural Space: Locations of Nonverbal and Verbal Communication Placing Culture and Cultural Space Displacing Culture and Cultural Space Case Study: Hip Hop Culture Cultural Space, Power, and Communication Summary Key Terms Discussion Questions and Activities References Chapter 5: Privileging Relationships: Intercultural Communication in Interpersonal Contexts Topography of Intercultural Relationships Intercultural Relationships in the Workplace Forming and Sustaining Intercultural Relationships Cyberspace and Intercultural Relationships Intercultural Alliances for Social Justice in the Global Context Summary Key Terms Discussion Questions and Activities References Chapter 6: Crossing Borders: Migration and Intercultural Adaptation Migrants Historical Overview of World Migration Migration Trends in the Context of Globalization Theories of Migration and Intercultural Adaptation Case Studies: Migration and Intercultural Adaptation Summary Key Terms Discussion Questions and Activities References Chapter 7: Jamming Media and Popular Culture: Analyzing Messages About Diverse Cultures Media, Popular Culture, and Globalization Popular Culture, Intercultural Communication, and Globalization Global and Regional Media Circuits Producing and Consuming Popular Culture Popular Culture, Representation, and Resistance Resisting and Re-Creating Media and Popular Culture Summary Key Terms Discussion Questions and Activities References Chapter 8: The Culture of Capitalism and the Business of Intercultural Communication Historical Context: Capitalism and Globalization The Culture of Capitalism The Intercultural Marketplace Case Study 1: Consuming and Romanticizing the "Other" Case Study 2: Consuming and Desiring the "Other" Case Study 3: Consuming Cultural Spectacles Economic Responsibility and Intercultural Communication Summary Key Terms Discussion Questions and Activities References Chapter 9: Negotiating Intercultural Conflict and Social Justice: Strategies for Intercultural Relations Intercultural Conflict: A Multidimensional Framework of Analysis Case Study 1: Interpersonal Context Case Study 2: Intergroup Context Case Study 3: International and Global Context Strategies for Addressing Intercultural Conflict Summary Key Terms Discussion Questions and Activities References Chapter 10: Engaging Intercultural Communication for Social Justice: Challenges and Possibilities for Global Citizenship Becoming Global Citizens in the 21st Century "Hope in the Dark": From Apathy to Empowerment Intercultural Alliances for Social Justice Case Study: Community Coalition of South Los Angeles Summary Key Terms Discussion Questions and Activities References

About the Author

Kathryn Sorrells is Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and is currently serving as Department Chair. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in intercultural communication, critical pedagogy, performance, cultural studies, and feminist theory. She combines critical/cultural studies and postcolonial perspectives to explore issues of culture, race, gender, class, and sexuality. Kathryn grew up in Georgia; has lived in different regions of the United States; has studied and worked in Brazil, Japan, Turkey and China; and has traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, and parts of Latin America. The critical, social justice approach she uses to study and practice intercultural communication is informed by her experiences growing up in the South during the tumultuous and transformative civil rights movement and her subsequent participation in the antiwar; women's; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT); and labor and immigrant rights movements. Kathryn has published a variety of articles related to intercultural communication, globalization, and social justice and is co-editor along with Sachi Sekimoto of Globalizing Intercultural Communication: A Reader (Sage, 2015). She has been instrumental in organizing a campus-wide initiative on Civil Discourse and Social Change at CSUN aimed at developing students' capacities for civic engagement and social justice. Kathryn is a recipient of numerous national, state, and local community service awards for founding and directing Communicating Common Ground, an innovative service learning project that provided students opportunities to develop creative alternatives to intercultural conflict. Additionally, Kathryn has experience as a consultant and trainer for nonprofit, profit and educational organizations in the areas of intercultural communication and multicultural learning.


...Because of the author's compelling critical perspective and astute observation of social injustice, it is definitely a recommended read. -- Ellen Van Praet, Ghent University

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