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Intercultural Competence: Interpersonal Communication Across Cultures [Paperback]

Myron W. Lustig , Jolene Koester

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5 Feb 2009 0205595758 978-0205595754 6

Presenting balanced coverage of skills and theory, Intercultural Competence provides readers with the knowledgeable background and necessary skills to succeed in today's multicultural environment.

Blending both the practical and theoretical, this thoroughly researched book offers readers an enjoyable read and contemporary coverage of the impact of technology on intercultural communication and cutting-edge interpersonal scholarship. Intercultural Competence provides a discussion of important ethical and social issues relating to intercultural communication and encourages readers to apply theory through vivid examples to better prepare them to interact in intercultural relationships.

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2.0 out of 5 stars You probably don't need to purchase this book for your class. 14 Sep 2009
By C. Herwig - Published on
I really applaud the author of this book for being so thorough in giving everything discussed an intercultural communication-spin, however, that's what it ends of being: a whole bunch of intro to psych or sociology concepts reinterpreted through the intercultural communication lens.
And this is a completely valid thing to do. however, the reinterpretation is not hard to guess. I would wait to see if, after hearing the chapters discussed in lecture, you are so 'unsure of the foreign concepts' so as to require reinforcement from the book.
Also, it's extremely expensive for a. being a paperback, b. being so small, and c. only containing black and white photographs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent... 14 Mar 2010
By ChibiNeko - Published on
This was a required text for one of my classes, so needless to say... this was something I had to read cover to cover. Since there's not much one can really say about a textbook (unless its extreme in one direction or another), I'll keep this short.


1) Easy to read, this was great for taking notes from. The chapters had the key terms bolded & colored, so it was easy to get the definitions. Many of my college texts no longer do this, so this was a nice treat. Plus all of the topics & definitions are listed in the beginning of each chapter.
2) Good layout. The information was clearly defined & laid out in a way that went nicely from topic to topic.
3) Durable & easy to open. Seriously, you wouldn't believe how many textbooks out there can't lay flat or crumble in one semester. I purchased mine used & its obviously been through a lot of wear & tear. If you want something that you want to last a long time as a reference book or just want something that can be sold back by your students easily, this is a good one to choose.


1) While I'm not really qualified to pass judgment on some of the things in this book, at times I didn't entirely agree with some of the concepts in this book. But like I said, I'm not a pro in this stuff yet, so I might be wrong. (One course does not a pro make.)
2) Occasionally the book would ramble on a bit, using 2-3 paragraphs to make a point that could be made in 2-3 sentences. (I'm not including examples in this.) That just irritated me a little when it came to note taking, that I'd have to glean what was pertinent & what wasn't.

Unfortunately I didn't splurge for the online code as it wasn't a requirement for my class, so I can't really say anything about that. Some of my classmates swore by it, so it sounded like it was rather helpful for them.

This book was easy to learn from, so I recommend it if you are looking for a textbook for your students. If you're a student wondering how easy this will be to learn from, rest assured that this is an easy text to learn from.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring tripe 7 Jan 2012
By K. A. Baird - Published on
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My presumption is that most people getting this book are buying it for an Intercultural Communications class, so it isn't as if you can NOT buy it, but in case you were interested in what you were getting into, I will give you my two cents.

This book was overblown. The authors meandered through some pretty common sense things like some cultures are subversive and some are dominant. The concepts were silly, the writing was not neutral, but obviously biased and the material was immanently and immediately forgettable. You will probably do well in the class because it is the shallowest of textbooks, but don't look to be stimulated.
4.0 out of 5 stars very nice book 24 Jun 2014
By Grigorios Karimalis - Published on
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Really, very nice book, great structure and contextual framework, foundation for many terms and conceptseasy flow, readaable, very good sources
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 31 Dec 2013
By Susanne Locke - Published on
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I loved this book. It was very helpful for me for in my college class. The book was shipped quickly and in excellent condition.
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