Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication: Selected Readings

| May 23, 2011

Title: Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication: Selected Readings

Editor: Bennett, Milton J.

Publisher: Intercultural Press

From the Publisher: “How do people understand one another when they do not share a common cultural experience?”

This is the first fundamental question posed in editor Milton J. Bennett’s Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication. The ideas contained in this collection have been assembled from time-tested classics and more contemporary viewpoints. Bennett has selected and ordered the articles in developmental sequence to generate a coherent conceptual picture of how to successfully communicate with other cultures. The names of some of these articles speak for themselves:

– Communication in a Global Village, Dean Barnlund
– The Power of Hidden Differences, Edward T. Hall
– Black and White Cultural Styles in Pluralistic Perspective, Thomas Kochman
– Cultural Assumptions and Values, Edward C. Stewart, Jack Danielian and Robert J. Foster
– Stumbling Blocks in Intercultural Communication, LaRay M. Barna
– Transition Shock: Putting Culture Shock in Perspective, Janet M. Bennett
– Beyond Cultural Identity: Reflections on Multiculturalism, Peter S. Adler

These articles bring home the concepts of intercultural communication in a breadth of perspective that anyone interested in the subject will find both intellectually stimulating and relevant to his or her personal, educational or professional concerns.

About the Author: 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 the co-author of American Cultural Patterns, with Edward C. Stewart.