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Intercultural Communication & Ideology
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Intercultural Communication & Ideology



December 2010 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Taking on issues normally left in the margins, Intercultural Communication and Ideology revises the way we think of intercultural communication by insisting that we consider its ideological component. In this brilliant and engaging book about culture and the interstices that comprise the grounds for our interactions, Adrian Holliday shows us the necessity for a cosmopolitan process that expands the basis of our intercultural work."
- Molefi Kete Asante, Temple University

"Adrian Holliday’s highly readable and thought provoking volume is a welcome addition to the existing body of work on intercultural communication and ideology... With its comprehensive coverage of studies in the field and critical discussion of dominant theoretical paradigms, this refreshing book provides a valuable resource for both students and experienced researchers but also everyone interested in intercultural communication. An authoritative and open minded book the field will embrace."
- Jo Angouri, University of the West of England

Although communication is central to the humanities and social sciences, the inter-cultural level is often, peculiarly, left out of accounts. So what is intercultural communication? How does it relate to global processes and questions of identity?
 
This comprehensive book examines the main features of intercultural communication. It critically examines the main positions in the field. It addresses intercultural communication within the context of global politics, both addressing the specific problems that derive from Western ideology and setting out an agenda for research.

The book investigates categories of cultural action and itemizes the machinery for the illumination of inter-cultural processes. Holliday shows how a dialogue between national structures and creative universal cultural skills can be carried on in new locations, relating intercultural communication to theories of multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism and globalization, while also exploring how ideology permeates inter-cultural processes and develops an alternative 'grammar' of culture.

 
Preface and methodology
 
Chapter 1: Key Discussions
Essentialism

 
Neo-Essentialism

 
Cosmopolitanism

 
Imagined Certainty versus Acknowledged Complexity

 
 
Chapter 2: Critical Cultural Awareness
Models of Awareness

 
A Reconstructed Narrative

 
Critical Interpretivism

 
A Decentred Reading

 
Opening up Cultural Possibilities

 
 
Chapter 3: Cultural Complexity
Informants

 
An Emergent Methodology

 
Statements of Cultural Identity

 
Competing Social Theories

 
Complexity and Politics

 
Thinking about China

 
 
Chapter 4: The Indelible Politics of Self and Other
Othering

 
The Morality of 'Helping'

 
Struggling with Identity Recognition

 
Understanding the Discourse Politics of Othering

 
 
Chapter 5: Un-Noticed Periphery Identities
Claiming the World

 
'Westernization' and Modernity

 
 
Chapter 6: A Grammar of Culture
Negotiating Culture

 
Particular Content and Universal Process

 
Particular Social and Political Structures

 
Particular Cultural Products

 
Underlying Universal Cultural Processes

 
 
Chapter 7: Discourses of Cultural Disbelief
Penetrating Professional Discourses

 
Sustained Disbelief

 
The Intercultural Line and the Third Space

 
 
Chapter 8: Creative Cultural Engagement
Qing and the Seminar

 
Learning from the Margins

 
 
Chapter 9: Culture, Real or Imagined?
The Centrality of Ideology

 
The Fact of Ideology

 
Cultural Realism

 
Conclusion

 
 
Glossary

Excellent book providing a needed emphasis and discourse about the cosmopolitan viewpoint of looking beyond the Centre picture.
The glossary will be invaluable to students while reading the book and while studying intercultural communication.
Many chapters can be used to start indepth discussions with students.

Mrs Amy Boyle
School of Computing, Engineering & IS, Northumbria University
August 11, 2011

This is a useful overview of several complex, but highly pertinent issues.

Ms Melanie Cooke
Dept of Education & Prof Studies, King's College London
March 9, 2011

Clearly written, well thought out arguments to support Master International Management students in their thinking.

Students order through Amazon.

Ms Ellen Rana
Business Administration , Koblenz Univerity of Applied Sciences
February 2, 2011
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Chapter 1: Key Discussions


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