Intercultural Communications

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Chapter 1
Studying Intercultural Communication

* This chapter offers six reasons or imperatives for studying intercultural communications * Economics
* The workplace
* Businesses must be more attentive to diversity issues * As the workforce becomes more diverse, their will be more problems * Benefits
* Speaking different languages
* Seeing new business markets
* Marketing products to different cultures
* Learn about different cultures
* Global economy
* Globalization
* Bring money to the poor areas by opening up businesses * Wal-mart, they open one in china, but takes away jobs from Americans * Mom and pop stores out of business

* Pollution in other countries because they don’t have regulations * To bridge the cultural gap, many companies employ cross-cultural trainers who assist people abroad by giving them information and strategies from dealing with cultural differences * American’s tend to say that they are the best and won’t open up * Technology

* GLOBAL VILLAGE to discribe a world in which communication technology (tv, radeo, news services) brings new and information to the most remote parts of the world * Today people are connected via e-mail, instant message, bulletin boards, and the internet to people they have never met face-to-face. * Complex relationships can develop through technology * Technology and Human Communication

* Kenneth gergen describes the changes that occur as technology alters patterns of communication * Relationships were described on how far a person could walk * What does it have to do with intercultural communication * Easier to talk to people

* Faster
* Convenient
* Too...
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