George A. Barnett and Ke Jiang

5Issues in intercultural communication: A semantic network analysis

Abstract: This chapter describes a number of critical issues facing the field of inter-cultural communication including, the discipline’s definition, power relations among various ethnic or national groups and nation-states, voice – who speaks for an ethnic group or nation-state, and globalization. But the major portion of the chapter takes a different approach to discussing the issues facing intercultural communication. Rather than focusing on what topics, areas of study, or issues (theoretical and pragmatic) the idealized field of international/intercultural communication should concentrate on, it describes the topics that it has examined in the ...

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