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Global Dialectics in Intercultural Communication

Case Studies

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Edited By Jolanta A. Drzewiecka and Thomas K. Nakayama

This book is an edited collection of case studies of contemporary issues in culture and communication around the world. Framed around a dialectical approach to intercultural communication, this collection offers a useful framework for thinking about contemporary research in this area. It offers in-depth cultural information about a broad range of specific cases in different places around the world. It is an ideal book to use in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in culture and communication, global communication and intercultural communication courses. Scholars interested in contemporary work in intercultural communication will find this collection essential in mapping the state of the art in this area.

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Introduction: Thinking Dialectically about Intercultural Communication on a Global Scale (Jolanta A. Drzewiecka / Thomas K. Nakayama)

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Introduction Thinking Dialectically about Intercultural Communication on a Global Scale jolanta a. drzewiecka, università della svizzera italiana, lugano, switzerland, and thomas k. nakayama, northeastern university, boston, ma, usa The 21st century is emerging as a dynamic era of rapid changes. These changes are not simply technological—although technological changes have shaped and influ- enced the dynamic feel—but extend across the social scene at home and abroad. The century began with the horrific and deadly attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York City and the incredible dynamic character of the century has unfurled since then. The majority of British voters voted to leave the European Union (Brexit), many other European countries are seeing a resurgence of xenopho- bic nationalism, Europe is fiercely fortifying itself against the flows of refugees and migrants who are bringing to its shores the consequences of Europe’s long-standing international policies and practices, the Arab Spring forged a democratic vision for the Middle East region, ISIS is threatening these gains, many Syrians have been displaced by war into many countries in the region and far beyond, and US President Donald Trump rose to loud applause by promises of building a wall between the US and Mexico during his campaign. It has not been so long since the destruction of the Berlin wall was seen as a major human accomplishment promising a better future. Since then, Israel has separated itself from Palestinian territories with an imposing wall. Walls and border fences proliferated and are once...

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