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Globalizing Intercultural Communication

Globalizing Intercultural Communication
A Reader

Edited by:

January 2015 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Translating Theory into Practice


Globalizing Intercultural Communication: A Reader introduces students to intercultural communication within the global context, and equips them with the knowledge and understanding to grapple with the dynamic, interconnected and complex nature of intercultural relations in the world today. This reader is organized around foundational and contemporary themes of intercultural communication. Each of the 14 chapters pairs an original research article explicating key topics, theories, or concepts with a first-person narrative that brings the chapter content alive and invites students to develop and apply their knowledge of intercultural communication. Each chapter’s pair of readings is framed by an introduction highlighting important issues presented in the readings that are relevant to the study and practice of intercultural communication and end-of-chapter pedagogical features including key terms and discussion questions.


In addition to illuminating concepts, theories, and issues, authors/editors Kathryn Sorrells and Sachi Sekimoto focus particular attention on grounding theory in everyday experience and translating theory into practice and actions that can be taken to promote social responsibility and social justice.

Kathryn Sorrells & Sachi Sekimoto
Chapter 1: Studying and Practicing Intercultural Communication
Kathryn Sorrells & Sachi Sekimoto
Globalizing Intercultural Communication: Traces and Trajectories
"Praxis What You Breach": Intercultural Praxis, Impersonation, and Stereotyping Gordon Nakagawa
Chapter 2: Challenges and Barriers to Intercultural Communication
Diverse Understandings of a "Post-Racial" Society Mark P. Orbe
The Black Kat in the Hat: Tales of Cultural/Racial Encounter and Challenge Bryant Keith Alexander
Chapter 3: History, Power, and Globalization
Out of Modernity into Deep Ancestry: A Love Story S. Lily Mendoza
Building Bridges along the Edges of Culture Nilanjana R. Bardhan
Chapter 4: Identities in the Global Context
A View from the Other Side: Technology, Media, and Transnational Families in Mexico-U.S. Migration Gerardo Villalobos-Romo & Sachi Sekimoto
"But, I Ain’t Your Geisha!”: (Re)Framing the "Femme" Gay Asian Male Body in the Global Context Shinsuke Eguchi
Chapter 5: Intersectionality, Identity, and Positionality
Toward Thick(er) Intersectionalities: Theorizing, Researching, and Activating the Complexities of Communication and Identities Gust A. Yep
How I Came to Know: Moving through Spaces of Post/colonial Encounters Eddah M. Mutua
Chapter 6: Language and Power
Language and Identity in the United States and Taiwan: Negotiating Power and Differential Belonging in a Globalized World Melissa L. Curtin
Black Like Me, Black Like I Am! The Language and Memories of Race in Higher Education Christopher Brown
Chapter 7: Cultural Space and Intercultural Communication
The Intersections of Race and Space: A Case Study of a Washington State Farm Community Joshua F. Hoops
Whiteness as Pedagogical Performance: A Critical Reflection on Race and Pedagogy Richie Neil Hao
Chapter 8: Intercultural Relationships
"We Get Bad Looks, All the Time”: Ideologies and Identities in the Discourses of Interracial Romantic Couples Yea-Wen Chen & Chie Torigoe
Intercultural Allies Dancing with Difference: International Peace Initiatives, Kenya Mary Jane Collier & Karambu Ringera
Chapter 9: Intercultural Communication in the Workplace
“A Person Who Covers a Post”: An Exploration of Mexican Maquiladoras Workers’ Neoliberal Identity Negotiations Carlo Ammatuna & Hsin-I Cheng
From Mississippi to Hong Kong: The Power of Intercultural Communication in the Workplace Donna M. Stringer & Andy Reynolds
Chapter 10: Border Crossing and Intercultural Adaptation
The Migrant Self: Intercultural Adaptation as Narrative Struggle Zornitsa D. Keremidchieva
On Becoming Japersican: An Autoethnography of Cultural Adaptation, Intercultural Identity, and Transnationalism Sachiko Tankei-Aminian
Chapter 11: Popular Culture, Media, and Globalization
Remagining a Nation: Neoliberalism and Media's Impact on Youth's Imaginaries in India Sheena Malhotra
Migrant Diaries: Communicating in Pop Culture Nation Chigozirim Ifedapo Utah
Chapter 12: New Media in the Global Context
Reggae 3.0: Social Media and the Consumption of Jamaican Popular Culture Nickesia S. Gordon
Puerto Rican Punks, Globalization, and New Media: A Personal Account Rubén Ramírez-Sánchez
Chapter 13: Intercultural Conflict in the Global Age
Transnational Practices of Communication and Social Justice: Indigenous Mexican Immigrants in the United States Antonieta Mercado
Negotiating Intercultural Conflict: A Middle Eastern, Black, Muslim Male's Perspective in Post-9/11 United States Taj Suleyman
Chapter 14: Intercultural Alliances for Social Justice
“The Unrelenting Social Conscience of the City”: Strategies and Challenges of a Multi-Issue Social Change Organization Sara DeTurk
A South Asian American Muslim Man's Global Journey through Hip Hop Activism Amer F. Ahmed

It is a good Reader and students are expected to read/prepare part of it before coming to class.

Professor Adelheid Iken
Fachbereich Wirtschaft, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
December 23, 2018

The volume offers good chances for students to get a feeling for our intercultural and trans-local world and beings. It tries to avoid the norther perspective of cultual communication but opens chances for Identitues in global contexts which more or less all students are part of. A highly recommendable book für reading in globalized envirnments.

Professor Sabine Troeger, Dr.
Geography Institute - Library, University of Bonn
June 1, 2016

Globalizing Intercultural Communication, the reader edited by Kathryn Sorrells and Sachi Sekimoto offers an excellent overview of theoretical debates and empirical research into the increasingly global character of intercultural communication. The book chapters introduce students to both foundational concepts and theories for studying intercultural communication and in-depth case studies covering the themes such as shifting politics of identity, language and power, intercultural relationships and intercultural communication at work, popular and new media, as well as, crucially, the problems of intercultural conflicts and political alliances for social justice. The book deserves praise for combining critical, intersectional and postcolonial theoretical perspectives with practical and political questions which are posed in the context of neoliberal nature of globalization.

Dr Adam Mrozowicki
Institute of Sociology, University of Wroclaw
April 25, 2015

Will be recommended - and if reviewed in a positive outcome by students - it will be considered

Dr Monne Wihlborg
Health Science centre, Lund University
April 14, 2015

I am considering using this as a supplement to another textbook. Because it has articles rather than a full text book, I find that it won't serve the purposes I require.

Ms Amanda Whidden
Speech Theatre Arts Dept, Moorpark College
April 13, 2015
Key features


  • Original research case studies paired with first person narratives give students clear connections between theories and real-world application
  • A critical/cultural approach emphasizes critical analysis and self-reflexive engagement in intercultural communication
  • Globalization as the context for studying intercultural communication cultivates critical awareness of global conditions and an understanding of the roles of history and power in IC interactions
  • Distinctive focus on social justice provides students with the tools, skills, and strategies for effective and socially responsible intercultural interaction while emphasizing processes of engagement that move towards socially responsible action
  • A multidimensional model addresses micro-level interpersonal issues within the broader macro level geopolitical context so students can use their critical thinking and analytical skills to address increasingly complex and contradictory issues
  • Diversity of authors provides access and connection for students while also addressing salient patterns and themes that emerge across contexts.
  • A broad range of voices address various learning styles by providing different cultural backgrounds, in a variety of settings (workplace, school, home and community organizations), and from different positions in society that are relevant, accessible, and meaningful in students’ lives

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