Intercultural Communication

Pathways to Better Interactions (First Edition)
David Boromisza-Habashi
©2021, 292 pages

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    Practical in focus, grounded in social interaction, and written in a strong narrative style replete with concrete examples, Intercultural Communication: Pathways to Better Interactions provides readers with an examination of diverse cultural practices that can be used to support successful communication.

    Author David Boromisza-Habashi's approach is grounded in theory, yet relevant and highly accessible for students. Using vivid and relatable anecdotes, he deftly explores the primary challenge of effective intercultural communication in our globalized world: the ability to properly coordinate interactions to achieve shared meaning.

    The vital importance of understanding cultural communication, and how it relates to being a responsible member of society, is stressed throughout the book. The weaving of scholarly work and everyday encounters highlights the role of inquiry as not just an academic endeavor but as an everyday practice. Strategies for coordinating intercultural encounters in the real world encourage readers to take action and recognize that this work and learning doesn't end when the course ends. Rather, it is a process, one that should be an ongoing part of their lives.

    The pragmatic, thought-provoking approach of this book is timely, useful, and relevant. Intercultural Communication: Pathways to Better Interactions is the ideal textbook for students of intercultural communication who wish to create and foster meaningful social interactions.

    David Boromisza-Habashi (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst) in an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research explores how communication as language use is shaped by the cultural context in which it occurs.
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    "David's approach to intercultural communication (ICC) is steeply grounded in theory, yet it is also practical and accessible for students. Using vivid and relatable anecdotes, he delves straight into the challenge of effective ICC interactions in our globalized world: the ability to properly coordinate interactions to achieve shared meaning. I also appreciate his openness and and vulnerability in sharing his own cross-cultural/intercultural experiences as an 'outsider within,' an international scholar who now calls the U.S. his home. I look forward to bringing his fresh perspective on this important subject matter to my classes!"
    Sunny Lie, Assistant Professor of Communication, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

    "The concept of 'making culture' is a unique approach that I feel can appeal to undergrad students. I find Boromisza-Habashi's 'how-to' approach, that is, examining the inner workings of cultural interaction, to be particularly helpful in understanding larger systemic information/configurations."
    Cheryl L. Nicholas, Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, Berks

    "The theoretical approach of Boromisza-Habashi is very consistent with my own, so I would feel quite at home teaching undergraduates from this perspective. I find ethnography of communication to be the most solid foundation for intercultural communication instruction, and I believe it is highly respected in the field by enough people that this view would be widely shared. I also found the consistent through line particularly easy to follow. This would be an enormous advantage for a beginning teacher, so if I had a novice TA to supervise, I could hand them this textbook, a template syllabus, some draft assignments and exams and feel quite comfortable that they would do well in their first semester of teaching. Also, if I were developing an entirely online version of intercultural communication I could see using this textbook because it’s easy to follow, coherent, and intellectually solid, requiring very little supplementation from me to make a complete course. I would feel comfortable that students in both cases would find the writing style clear and engaging and would want to, as I did when I read it, keep going."
    Kristine L. Muñoz, Professor of Communication Studies, University of Iowa

    "This book demonstrates the need to have this information provided for ALL students in college during their first year (rather than waiting to take it as an upper-level elective for some students, like majors only). For all colleges and universities that want to promote study abroad, this text should be REQUIRED reading (for students coming to the U.S. and going to other countries). In sum, its practical, pragmatic focus is the key strength and executed most impressively. … I would highly recommend that this be the text that is adopted for all intercultural courses taught at my college; as well as for all study abroad students."
    Trudy Milburn, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Southern Connecticut State University

    "The goals and premises are extremely clear and highlight key connections between scholarly research and everyday problems. …[The book] provides the key elements I have listed under my goals for the course, and additionally, engages the student with the process of discovery—something very few textbooks do! ... I like that a lot of theorists/concepts are not thrown in the beginning but weaved to highlight the history that informed concepts/paradigms. It does a wonderful job of developing a holistic account of the perspectives! ... This textbook responds beautifully to the needs of our students without compromising scholarly rigor. It highlights the everyday use of the research process and highlights critical thinking as not just a skill to add to a resume, but a practical tool for everyday use."
    Nadezhda M. Sotirova, Assistant Professor of Communication, Media, and Rhetoric, University of Minnesota, Morris

    "David Boromisza-Habashi does an excellent job of capturing the complexity of intercultural communication, and truly interrogating the process, while also working through intercultural communication concepts in a way likely to engage undergraduate students. Grounded in social interaction and concrete examples, and written in a strong narrative style gives this book a solid place among undergraduate texts in intercultural communication."
    Alan Hansen, Professor of Communication, Carrol College-Montana

    "Understanding intercultural communication is a global imperative, and Professor Boromisza-Habashi's work should be a good place to start that process."
    Joseph S. Caputo, Professor of Communication, Gonzaga University

    "David Boromisza-Habashi has produced an engaging textbook on intercultural communication from an ethnography of communication perspective. The practical and thought-provoking approach of this book is timely, useful, and much needed."
    Tabitha Hart, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, San José State University