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Intercultural Communication

Ling Chen

in Communication

ISBN: 9780199756841
Published online February 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199756841-0038
Intercultural Communication

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Scholars study intercultural communication as a process of interaction between culture and communication, an area quite interdisciplinary in nature. Cognizant of the role of culture in communication, a major interest is cross-cultural comparison of communication practices and patterns as integral parts of human activities. Scholars view culture as a human phenomenon, and specific cultures or subcultures as social entities, and they attempt to identify commonality in the formation and components of culture, and to uncover various manifestations of culture in different contexts at all levels, from the individual to organizational, national, and global. They study ways communication reflects, constitutes, and changes a culture and cultural institutions. Another interest is how communication proceeds between people of diverse cultural backgrounds, at both individual and group levels, how culture interplays with social dominance and intercultural awareness, and how to mitigate adverse effects.

Article.  8515 words. 

Subjects: Communication Studies

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