Cultures in Conversation introduces readers to the ethnographic study of intercultural and social interactions through the analysis of conversations in which various cultural orientations are operating. Author Donal Carbaugh presents his original research on conversation practices in England, Finland, Russia, Blackfeet County, and the United States, demonstrating how each is distinctive in its communication codes--particularly in its use of symbolic meanings, forms of interaction, norms, and motivational themes. Examining conversation in this way demonstrates how cultural lives are active in conversations and shows how conversation is a principal medium for the coding of selves, social relationships, and societies.
Representing 20 years of research, this volume offers unique insights into the ways social interactions not only gain shape from, but also are formative of cultures. It makes a significant contribution to communication scholarship, and will be illuminating reading in courses focusing on cultural communication, language and social interaction, intercultural pragmatics, and linguistics.
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Dense read but great content and original research if you can take the time to really think about his points and understand it. Helpful for those interested in understanding those from different backgrounds. Examples of Finnish communication style somewhat exaggerated as they tend to be among other sources, but still in the correct direction as far as what characterizes Finnish communication culture.
I needed this book for a class and so far it's pretty interesting. There's lots of great information on intercultural communication.
This book is required reading for my masters degree class, but the material is quite dry. I need to be in a certain mood to read this book, but it came instantly onto my tablet and in time for the beginning of class.
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