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Human Encounters

Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Oyvind Dahl

This book gives a comprehensive introduction to intercultural communication. The reader is introduced to essential concepts in the field, different theories and methods of analysing communication, the importance of verbal and nonverbal languages for bringing about mutual understanding and, finally, the ethical challenges that arise.

The volume also has a practical aspect. The author discusses subjects such as handling encounters with people using foreign languages; incorporating different life styles and world views; the use of interpreters, non-familiar bodylanguage; different understandings of time; relocation in new settings; the use of power and how to deal with cultural conflicts generally.

Published as a general textbook in English for the first time following a very successful original edition in Norwegian, also translated to Russian and French, this richly-illustrated book offers a refreshing and engaging introduction to intercultural understanding

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataNames: Dahl, Øyvind, 1940- author.Title: Human encounters : introduction to intercultural communication /   Øyvind Dahl.Other titles: Møter mellom mennesker. Innføring i interkulturell kommunikasjon.Norwegian 2013Description: Oxford ; New York : Peter Lang, 2021. | Includes   bibliographical references and index.Identifiers: LCCN 2020030771 (print) | LCCN 2020030772 (ebook) | ISBN   9781789979527 (paperback) | ISBN 9781789979732 (ebook) | ISBN   9781789979749 (epub) | ISBN 9781789979756 (mobi)Subjects: LCSH: Intercultural communication.Classification: LCC HM1211 .D3513 2016 (print) | LCC HM1211 (ebook) | DDC303.48/2--dc23LC record available at ebook record available at




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ISBN 978-1-78997-952-7 (print) • eISBN 978-1-78997-973-2 (ePDF)ISBN 978-1-78997-974-9 (ePub) • ISBN 978-1-78997-975-6 (mobi)

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