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2nd Edition

Principles of Intercultural Communication

ISBN 9780367373870
Published July 21, 2020 by Routledge
270 Pages 63 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Now in a second edition, this book guides students in developing Intercultural Communication Competence through its accessible style and unique theoretical framework of ten interconnected principles.

Thoroughly revised and updated with new case studies and examples and a sharper focus on practical application, the book engages students in active learning by showing them how these principles come to play in their intercultural journeys. It features detailed case studies that are accompanied by guiding questions that help students link theory to their daily lives. At the end of each chapter, the "Side Trips" discussion prompts encourage students to think more critically about the issues as they are presented.

Suitable for upper-level or graduate intercultural communication courses within communication and linguistics departments.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1
Punctuation Principle

‘What’s in a Line?’

Chapter 2
Uncertainty Principle

‘Let the Mystery Be!’

Chapter 3
Performativity Principle

‘The deed is everything’

Chapter 4

Positionality Principle

‘It All Depends’

Chapter 5

Commensurability Principle

It is Everybody’s World

Chapter 6

Continuum Principle

‘Having It Both Ways’

Chapter 7

Pendulum Principle

‘Panta Rhei’

Chapter 8
Transaction Principle

‘More Than a Game!’

Chapter 9

Synergy Principle
‘ 2+2=5 (or more!)’

Chapter 10

Sustainability Principle

‘All for One, and One for All’

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Igor E. Klyukanov is Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication Studies at Eastern Washington University, U.S. A. He has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and books in communication theory, semiotics, translation studies, general linguistics, and intercultural communication.


"This is an enormously compelling next edition. Updated with recent work and international events, and continuing its unique feature of numerous invaluable images and posing really poignant questions, this reader-friendly volume is essential reading, across the entire spectrum of intercultural scholarship, for both students and seasoned scholars alike!" -- Howie Giles, University of California, Santa Barbara

"This is, quite simply, the best intercultural text on the market. It offers an insightful theoretical grounding of intercultural communication that deepens and enriches our overall understanding. Updated illustrations, key terms, case studies, and thoughtful ‘side-trips’ for students brilliantly reinforces and extends the book’s main themes and issues." –Deborah Eicher-Catt, The Pennsylvania State University-York

"Igor Klyukanov’s book Principles of Intercultural Communication takes a unique approach to teaching a discipline that until today is in an essential search for its position in academia and society: A meanwhile considerable tradition of research today is confronted with urgent demands for critical thinking and reflexivity – emerging from postcolonial and postmodern thought on cultural politics. This confrontation very often results in a passionate "either-or" debate. Igor Klyukanov in his book takes one step back and turns these debates into constructive reflection: Thinking about intercultural communication turns into a chance for reconsidering the ethical foundations of our overall social lives and for developing a deeper understanding of ethics in interculturality." —Dominic Busch, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany

"In an age when multiculturalism connotes a congealing of identity around ethnicity, gender, race, sexuality, nationality and other attributes, whereby groups seal themselves off and resist influences of others, Igor Klyukanov’s Principles of Intercultural Communication introduces readers to the manifold ways that cultures connect and nurture new identities, forms and relationships. While depicting and respecting distinctive cultural traditions, histories and practices, Klyukanov elaborates ten essential principles that, when embodied in everyday life, ensure constructive and sustainable communication between diverse persons and groups. No other intercultural textbook comes close to this accomplishment."—Andrew R. Smith, Edinboro University