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Intercultural Communication: A Critical Introduction 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0748632831
ISBN-10: 0748632832
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Ingrid Piller's book will be seen as a landmark in a 'second wave' of studies on intercultural communication. Solidly grounded in discourse analysis and sociolinguistics, clearly and accessibly written and compellingly argued, it revives a field not always well served by its scholars, and we are now at last in a position to see intercultural communication for what it is: a historically situated and politically sensitive complex of communication modes, analysis of which requires attention to the smallest details as well as to the biggest things in the world - globalization processes. -- Jan Blommaert, Tilburg University Ingrid Piller's book will be seen as a landmark in a 'second wave' of studies on intercultural communication. Solidly grounded in discourse analysis and sociolinguistics, clearly and accessibly written and compellingly argued, it revives a field not always well served by its scholars, and we are now at last in a position to see intercultural communication for what it is: a historically situated and politically sensitive complex of communication modes, analysis of which requires attention to the smallest details as well as to the biggest things in the world - globalization processes. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Ingrid Piller is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Linguistics Department

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press; 1 edition (April 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748632832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748632831
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George F. Simons on May 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
Ingrid Piller has written a short and deliberately critical volume of introduction to Intercultural Communication. It is geared toward students, and attempts to provide them with an up to date view of the field from a strongly sociolinguistic perspective, employing discourse analysis as the principal methodology. It represents a growing trend toward surfacing the neocolonial roots of contemporary intercultural theory and the practices derived therefrom. It illustrates how these may bear, preserve, and reinforce harmful and distorting biases in today’s world. It has a strong and incisive critique of what I have come to call the “urcultures,” those deep transnational discourses driving the social construction of reality in the West and increasingly in the globalized world of corporate capitalism.

Commonly accepted paradigms of market economics, social structure, and world order are unconsciously woven into urcultural discourses. These are allowed to drive most of what we think and do in everyday life, including, in the present treatment, the ways we think about culture and how it operates in ourselves and others. Recent critiques of intercultural disciplines including this one do not hesitate to point out how much of the research study on theory of the field now appears locked into repetition and oversimplifications in how cultural groups are defined along national and other ill-defined lines. They cite overdependence on the assumed relationship of language to the genesis and perpetuation of how a culture is constructed, and how values and dimensions of an abstract nature, largely interpretive labels generated by research, employed to willy-nilly belie the rich complexity of human interactions.

The volume is designed to be a textbook.
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