Charles Ess is Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Drury University, and editor of Philosophical Perspectives on Computer-Mediated Communication, also published by SUNY Press.
Fay Sudweeks is Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at Murdoch University.
Each chapter brings to life the links between theory and practice, and between the global and local, showing you how to understand the influence of your culture on how you view yourself and others. In this book:Theory boxes show you how to use key ideas in work contexts. Case studies from European, Chinese, Australian and American contexts give you a truly global perspective. Critical questions help you to challenge yourself. A full chapter gives practical tips on how to become an effective intercultural communicator. Annotated lists of further reading and free access to online SAGE journal articles assist you in your research. A companion website (https://study.sagepub.com/liu2e) provides you with exercise questions, as well as extended reading lists.
This book will guide you to success in your studies and will teach you to become a more critical consumer of information.
This century, he notes, ushered in the "communication revolution," the discovery that communication is far more important and central to the human condition than ever before realized. Essential to the communication revolution is the recognition that multiple forms of discourse exist in contemporary human society. Further, these forms of discourse are not benign; they comprise alternative ways of being human.
Thus communication theory must encompass all that it "means to live a life, the shape of social institutions and cultural traditions, the pragmatics of social action, and the poetics of social order."
Alex Tzonis and Liane Lefaivre give a readable, vivid, scholarly account of this major conflict as it relates to the design of the human-made environment. Demystifying the reasons behind how globalization enabled creativity and brought about unprecedented wealth but also produced new wastefulness and ecological destruction, the book also looks at how regionalism has also tended to confine, tearing apart societies and promoting destructive consumerist tourism.