Intercultural Communication

A Critical Perspective (Second Edition)
Rona Tamiko Halualani
©2022, 400 pages

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    Intercultural Communication: A Critical Perspective is grounded in a framework based on key dimensions of power in relation to intercultural communication. A macro-micro focus is applied throughout the book to theorize the ways in which larger structures of power intermingle and reconfigure private/one-on-one encounters and relations between different cultures, both domestically and internationally. The textbook introduces students to both the hidden and visible aspects of power that constitute intercultural communication encounters and relations.

    The book begins by introducing the concept of intercultural communication and demonstrating how ubiquitous it is in our everyday lives. Subsequent chapters address the ties between culture, power, and intercultural communication; how powerful ideologies develop from cultural views and ways of life; and the interplay of cultural representation and speaking for or about a cultural group. Students learn the ways in which individuals and structures of power shape identity, how different structures and groups remember and forget the past, and how racialization relates to intercultural communication. The final chapters explore power dynamics with regard to globalization, intercultural relationships and desire, and our roles in intercultural communication.

    The second edition features new and updated research studies and illustrative examples throughout. Every chapter has a new narrative opening, introducing new identity positionalities and characters located in different cultural contexts, and connecting to the ACT Framework for Intercultural Justice to highlight agency, resistance, and structural change.

    Rona Tamiko Halualani is a professor of intercultural communication at San José State University. Dr. Halualani is the author of In the Name of Hawaiians: Native Identities and Cultural Politics, the co-editor (with Dr. Thomas K. Nakayama) of the Handbook of Critical Intercultural Communication, and the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. She teaches courses on intercultural communication, critical intercultural communication, globalized intercultural communication, and culture and gender identity.
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    Adopting instructors will receive:
  • Letter to adopter and guidance around critical intercultural pedagogical engagement
  • Chapter Test/Quiz Items
  • Chapter Slide Decks
  • Chapter Outlines
  • Syllabi for multiple class formats (semester, quarter) and (face to face, hybrid, fully online-asynchronous)
  • Paper Assignments
  • Journal Entry Assignments
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  • Video link to a video of Dr. Halualani welcoming your students to this course and book
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  • A course proposal to create a new course on critical intercultural communication studies (to use with this book)
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    • "Halualani’s Intercultural Communication completes the evolution of critical thinking in foundational learnings of the subject. From candid narratives to simplified models in understanding culture, the text offers students what they need to enact change and spark action locally and nationally.

      Thinking critically is a large component of the course I teach. [I chose Halualani’s text because] I wanted to provide my students with a deeper understanding for intercultural communication, beyond the standard culture, power, identity theories. My students need the critical thinking skills to develop solutions and provide answers for today’s most important issues facing communities across the nation.

      This text is current and most needed for today’s discussions about intercultural justice and how to develop solutions in real-time by utilizing academic models. … Halualani constructed a well-executed and beautifully researched text. I will continue supporting her work."

      Veronica Appleton, Adjunct Faculty, DePaul University

      "This textbook is AWESOME (for lack of a better academic term). … This is the first textbook that I truly LOVE and enjoy—I can’t say that about any other textbook. I also appreciate the resources that Halualani has put together for instructors. They are brilliant and it shows through this work.

      It is the only textbook that I have been able to find that takes a critical approach to intercultural communication and does so in a way that is easy to unpack and understand. A textbook can’t do it all, that’s why we have teachers, but it is a great tool in getting the conversations started and asking students to do the big cognitive lift and engage in deep self-reflection that is necessary for understanding and participating in dialogue with people amongst differences."

      Lindsey Ayotte, Associate Professor of Language Arts, Skyline College

      "Professor Halualani has created the textbook that we needed! It’s a text that no longer serves the interest of dominant hegemonic forces that would utilize the Intercultural course as an extension to reinforce problematic values, attitudes, and beliefs about our global community."
      Joquina M. Reed, Instructor and Director of Forensics, Department of Communication Studies, Louisiana State University

      "This textbook is a 'must-use text' for those teaching an intercultural communication course. The focus on the critical approach and power dynamics in intercultural communication make it an invaluable resource."
      Patrick Shaou-Whea Dodge, Associate Professor of Communication, University of Colorado Denver, International College Beijing

      "I am very pleased with all the pedagogical elements in the text. My perception is that she writes with a 'student-centric' lens. … I like the student vignettes at the beginning of each chapter. I think students can relate to the experiences of the students. In addition, it provides the reader with the complex and nuanced communication challenges we face on a daily basis AND then provides the deeper understanding and constructs that help students learn more clearly WHY and HOW these types of interactions occur."
      Tina Kistler, Tenured Professor, Course Director for Intercultural Communication, Santa Barbara City College

      "The best intercultural textbook out right now. Focuses on how structural dimensions of power are always at hand within intercultural communication."
      Erik Johnson, Associate Professor, Stetson University

      "[The textbook] centers the critical perspective. It does so in a way that acknowledges the challenges of naming and confronting power and supports students by acknowledging resistance and providing conceptual tools for critique. It is also engaging, with plenty of colorful pictures and engaging narratives."
      Sara DeTurk, Professor of Communication, University of Texas at San Antonio

      "This book is needed and important. Keep up the good work!"
      Robert Razzante, Instructional Professional, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University

      Reviews from the First Edition

      "Intercultural Communication: A Critical Perspective takes a nontraditional approach to understanding intercultural communication by going beyond the mere presentation of intercultural concepts, to offering a multifaceted critical approach to our understanding of intercultural dynamics and communication. Presentation of content in this text also serves as a framework for research initiatives while also helping students to understand the many challenges and complexities that intercultural communication contexts and interactions invites and ways to successfully negotiate them."
      Judging panel for the 2021 Textbook and Academic Authors Association (TAA) Textbook Awards

      “This is a bold, fresh approach with lots of wonderful examples that address students at their level and simultaneously offers a wholly revised position/approach for the field. … It offers a way to do this kind of scholarship that is engaging and interesting and may bring students in who might not have seen the relevance of such scholarship heretofore. … It is so refreshing to have this book. It will make my work as a teacher SO much easier.”
      Kent Ono, President-Elect of the National Communication Association and Professor of Communication, University of Utah