The Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication
Edited by Jane Jackson
Published November 30th 2011 by Routledge – 610 pages
The Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication constitutes a comprehensive introduction to the multidisciplinary field of intercultural communication, drawing on the expertise of leading scholars from diverse backgrounds. The Handbook is structured in five sections and covers historical perspectives, core issues and topics, and new debates in the field, with a particular focus on the language dimension. Among the key themes addressed are: the foundation of intercultural communication; core themes and issues; putting intercultural communication theory into practice; new debates and future directions. The Handbook includes an introduction and overview by the editor, which provides readers with an indication of the focus of each section and chapter.
The Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication is the ideal resource for advanced undergraduates and postgraduate students of applied linguistics, TESOL/TEFL and communication studies.
'This stimulating volume dwells in the realm of the "inter," engaging the complexity of the interdisciplinary perspective and the interrelated theories and models that inform our intercultural work. The text is beautifully constructed for both seasoned professionals and nonspecialists, with each chapter articulately unfolding a lucid review of core concepts, significant controversies, and new directions. It serves to remind us that we labor in disciplinary isolation at our own peril, and that the synthesis of powerful ideas is particularly vital for intercultural work. The Handbook is just such an integration, offering expertise, insight, and resources for teaching and learning language and culture.' -- Janet M. Bennett, Ph. D, Executive Director, Intercultural Communication Institute, USA
'Jane Jackson has managed to assemble a multidisciplinary volume of amazing breadth. In a field as fragmented and contested as Intercultural Communication, the diversity and polyphony of research traditions, approaches and contexts brought together in this handbook is an impressive achievement.' -- Ingrid Piller, Macquarie University, Australia
'Essential. This timely project brings varied disciplinary spheres together via well-researched work from scholars across the globe… The essays coalesce into a tour de force that embraces the multi-layered interactions involving language choice defined by psychological, economical, political, religious, and ethical factors.' -- K. Liu, CUNY, CHOICE Magazine
Introduction Jane Jackson
Section I: Foundations of Language and Intercultural Communication
Section II: Core Themes and issues
Culture and verbal/nonverbal communication and culture
Language, identity, and intercultural communication
Understanding intercultural transitions: From adjustment to acculturation
Intercultural communicative competence: Multiple conceptual approaches
Section III: Theory into practice: Towards intercultural (communicative) competence and citizenship
Section IV: Language and Intercultural Communication in Context
Section V: New Debates and future directions
Jane Jackson is Professor of Applied English Linguistics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.