Comparing Intercultural Communication

Authored by: Young Yun Kim

Handbook of Comparative Communication Research

Print publication date:  April  2012
Online publication date:  June  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415802710
eBook ISBN: 9780203149102
Adobe ISBN: 9781136514241

10.4324/9780203149102.ch7

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Abstract

Academic interests in intercultural communication began in the 1950s and 1960s. Riding the wave of globalization and the post-World War II idealism and optimism that pervaded the United States, early intercultural communication studies were motivated by humanistic, as well as practical, interests in generating knowledge that could help promote better understanding and more effective communication between individuals of differing cultural upbringings. This early focus on micro-level interface continues to define the domain of intercultural communication today.

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