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Intercultural Competence: Interpersonal Communication Across Cultures [Paperback]

Myron W. Lustig , Jolene Koester


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8 July 2002 0321081773 978-0321081773 4

Striking a unique balance between skills and theory, Intercultural Competence provides students with the background and confidence to succeed in today's multicultural environment.

Blending both the practical and the theoretical, the concrete and the abstract, this textbook is both enjoyable to read and thoroughly researched. By clearly explaining different theories, and the significance of cultural patterns and having students practice what they learn via examples in the book, Intercultural Competence better prepares students to interact in intercultural relationships. The text also provides a discussion of important ethical and social issues relating to intercultural communication. The authors cover U.S. cultures as well as global cultural issues.


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Striking a unique balance between skills and theory, Intercultural Competence provides students with the background and confidence to succeed in today's multicultural environment. Blending both the practical and the theoretical, the concrete and the abstract, this textbook is both enjoyable to read and thoroughly researched. By clearly explaining different theories and the significance of cultural patterns and having students practice what they learn via examples in the book, Intercultural Competence better prepares students to interact in intercultural relationships.

New to the Fifth Edition

  • Approximately half of the “Culture Connections” boxes are new to this edition and provide students the opportunity to ‘feel’ some aspect of intercultural competence. impact of new information technologies on intercultural communication has been expanded in the new edition.
  • Each of the pedagogical features in the text has been revised and updated to help students learn important intercultural communication concepts effectively.
  • Nearly half of the photographs are new to this edition. Each photo has been selected and placed to highlight more clearly the concepts and issues being illustrated.

Praise for Intercultural Competence

“Because Lustig and Koester both provide the essential communication theory but also provide increasingly good examples from persons of different cultures speaking in their own voices. . .[the competition] falls short of giving students the richness of reading that this book does.” C. Thomas Preston, University of Missouri — St. Louis

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Academically Sound 21 Aug 2007
By D. du Plooy - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been teaching Intercultural Communication using this text (previous edition). After completing my MPhil in Intercultural Communication and being exposed to alot of texts in the field, I am still confident that this text is a very good introduction for college students. I have been teaching groups of students that are very diverse, with up to 14 different cultures at one time, and we always have fun with this book, because we are able to discuss the concepts very broadly. I still have to find a better book in its class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How the other 90% live - 22 Feb 2010
By Dr. John T. Webb - Published on Amazon.com
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Intercultural Competence: Interpersonal Communication Across Cultures (6th Edition) A great book for learning how to avoid putting your foot in your mouth! A wealth of information on people around the world, pointing out similarities, as well as the differences. A worthy addition to the two-book series How to be a Perfect Stranger," which mainly treats the various religions and their sundry internal denominations. (Sunni vs Shiite vs Sufi; or Catholic vs Orthodox vs 300+ Protestant sects) Every family should have a copy for facilitating peaceful and harmonious living together.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interpersonal comminication across cultures 5th edition. 1 Feb 2013
By Kris - Published on Amazon.com
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I received the book on time. The book is used but it looks like new with a few unnoticeable pencil underlines. Despite that everything looks perfect! It is a paperback which makes it easier to carry as its not heavy. Thanks !!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring 19 July 2010
By Clem - Published on Amazon.com
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I needed this book for a class that was equally as pointless as this book. I did get an A in the class and I don't think I cracked the spine of this low quality reading material. Just use the internet.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Maximum incompetence. 28 May 2004
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Intercultural competence! What a totally inappropriate title for a book, especially when the subject matter is; view points of different cultures. Who gets to decide who is competent and who is not? Would one become competent after they read this book? People who do not agree with the authors, are they incompetent? After the initial shock of the title, I started reading this book, in fact I had to read the whole thing since it was the text book of a class that I was taking. Unfortunately the shock intensified. They define things that are not definable and they categorize things in the most reductionist and mechanistic fashion. Not only that but they don't even use English properly. They ask a question about apples and then give an answer about oranges, not realizing that the question has really no answer and should not be asked to begin with. This book is supposed to be about different points of view but there is nothing in it that would make one understand other cultures. It is all about the extremely narrow and linear point of view of the authors. They explain the simplest concepts in the most convoluted way possible but in reality the information is extremely superficial. They basically name and categorize things and consider them understood. After a few weeks our class turned into 'lets find out how wrong the authors are' class. I must admit after that it was kind of fun. When I asked my teacher as to why she chose this book, thinking perhaps I am missing something, her answer was "because it seems to be quite popular"! So now we are reading books not because of their content but because of their popularity. What a disappointment.
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