John Baldwin

2Murky waters: Histories of intercultural communication research

Abstract: Rather than presenting a simple or linear history of the field of intercultural communication, this essay suggests the idea of competing histories that both blend and oppose each other. It begins with coverage of the traditional trajectory of history from (and before) E. T. Hall and the Foreign Service institute through the growth of (largely social scientific) research and theory in the discipline. Then it introduces competing histories, developing at the same time but gaining prominence in the area of intercultural communication from the late 1980s to the present – including interpretive theories and approaches (such as ethnography of communication) and ...

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