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The Handbook of Communication in Cross-cultural Perspective

Edited By

Donal Carbaugh

ISBN 9781138892118
Published September 14, 2016 by Routledge
412 Pages

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Book Description

This handbook brings together 26 ethnographic research reports from around the world about communication. The studies explore 13 languages from 17 countries across 6 continents. Together, the studies examine, through cultural analyses, communication practices in cross-cultural perspective. In doing so, and as a global community of scholars, the studies explore the diversity in ways communication is understood around the world, examine specific cultural traditions in the study of communication, and thus inform readers about the range of ways communication is understood around the world. Some of the communication practices explored include complaining, hate speech, irreverence, respect, and uses of the mobile phone. The focus of the handbook, however, is dual in that it brings into view both communication as an academic discipline and its use to unveil culturally situated practices. By attending to communication in these ways, as a discipline and a specific practice, the handbook is focused on, and will be an authoritative resource for understanding communication in cross-cultural perspective. Designed at the nexus of various intellectual traditions such as the ethnography of communication, linguistic ethnography, and cultural approaches to discourse, the handbook employs, then, a general approach which, when used, understands communication in its particular cultural scenes and communities.

Table of Contents


Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Foreword, Robert T. Craig

Editorial Team



Introduction: The Handbook

Chapter 1: Donal Carbaugh, Communication in Cross-cultural Perspective

Unit One: The Idea(l)s of Communication in Cultural Context

Chapter 2: Donal Carbaugh, Terms for Talk, Take 2: Theorizing Communication through its Cultural Terms and Practices

Chapter 3: Igor Klyukanov and Olga Leontovich, Russian Perspectives on Communication

Chapter 4: Camelia Suleiman, Arabic Language Ideology and Communication: An Image from Egypt

Unit Two: Critical Inquiry through Plaintive Forms of Cultural Communication, National Identity

Chapter 5: Nadezhda Sotirova, Oplakvane [complaining] and what it teaches us about Communication in Bulgarian Discourse

Chapter 6: Michaela Winchatz, Jammern [whining] as a German Way of Speaking

Chapter 7: Shi-xu, Cultural Assumptions about Chinese Communication

Unit Three: Cultural Styles of Communication with special attention to Identity

Chapter 8: Cliff Goddard and Rahel Cramer, "Laid back" and "irreverent": An ethno-pragmatic analysis of two cultural themes in Australian English communication

Chapter 9: Michael Haugh, Mockery and (non-) seriousness in initial interactions amongst American and Australian speakers of English

Chapter 10: Todd Sandel, Hsin-I Yueh and Peih-ying Lu, Some Distinctive Taiwanese Communication Practices and their Cultural Meanings

Chapter 11: Richard Wilkins, The Optimal Form and its use in Cross-Cultural Analysis: A British "Stiff Upper Lip" and a Finnish Matter-of-fact Style

Chapter 12: Saskia Witteborn and Qian Huang, Diaosi [expressing the underdog] as a Way of Relating in Contemporary China

Unit Four: Electronic and Written Media, Mobile Communication

Chapter 13: Haiyong Liu and Mary Garrett, A Perilous Journey: Intercultural Communication through Translated Novels

Chapter 14: Saila Poutiainen, Finnish Terms for Talk about Communication on a Mobile Phone

Chapter 15: Kwesi Yankah, Mobile Phone Technology: Coping Strategies in African Cultural Practice

Unit Five: Interpersonal Communication, Gender, Respect, Sociability

Chapter 16: Benjamin Bailey, Piropos [amorous flattery] as a cultural term for talk in the Spanish-speaking world

Chapter 17: Patricia Covarrubias, Respeto [respect] in Disrespect: Clashing Cultural Themes withinMexican Immigration Discourses

Chapter 18: Wenshan Jia and Dexin Tian, Chinese Conceptualizations of Communication:Terms for Talk and Practice

Chapter 19: Elena Nuciforo, "Sitting" as a Communication Ritual with special attention to Alcohol Consumption inRussian Culture

Unit Six: Organizational Communication

Chapter 20: Tovar Cerulli, "Ma’iingan is our brother": Ojibwe and non-Ojibwe ways of speaking about wolves

Chapter 21: Leah Sprain, Cultural Communication within Nicaraguan Cooperative Meetings

Chapter 22: Alena Vasilyeva, Mediation Discourse in the United States and Belarus: Culturally Shaped Interactions

Unit Seven: Political Communication

Chapter 23: David Boromisza-Habashi and Gábor Pál, The discourse of dictatorship in Central Eastern Europe, and the case of Hungarian "hate speech"

Chapter 24: Gonen Dori-Hacohen, Israeli online political commenting: Tokbek [talk-back] in between griping and hate-speech

Chapter 25: Zohar Kampf & Tamar Katriel, Political Condemnations: Public Speech Acts and the Moralization of Discourse

Unit Eight: Religious-based Communication

Chapter 26: Abdrabo Abu Alyan The Friday Sermon ‘Khutbah’ at the Mosque: Messages and Emotions

Chapter 27: Sunny Lie, Effective Evangelism: Discourse about Best Evangelical Practices in a Chinese Indonesian Evangelical Christian (CIEC) Community in New England

Chapter 28: Elizabeth Molina-Markham, "Drawing Back to a Sense of the Whole":

Positioning Practices in Quaker Administrative Meetings

Epilogue, Gerry Philipsen

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