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In this volume, Gudykunst applies his world-renowned approach to intercultural communication to the specifics of Japanese//North American communication. After laying out the basic theories of intercultural communication, the authors explain the similarities and differences in patterns of communication in Japan and the United States. They then demonstrate how an understanding of these contrasting patterns can help Japanese and North Americans communicate more effectively. By examining issues such as attitudes and stereotypes, ways to deepen the understanding of Japanese behaviour are suggested. Also discussed are the factors that influence motivation, knowledge and skills to increase communication effectiveness.

Communication Patterns in the United States and Japan
Communication patterns in the United States and Japan

In the previous two chapters, we examined how the cultures of the United States and Japan are similar and different and discussed how language influences communication in the two cultures. In this chapter, we extend our analysis by comparing communication patterns in the two cultures. We begin by looking at similarities and differences in communication in interpersonal and intergroup relationships. Following this, we examine more specific aspects of communication such as communicator styles and attitudes toward verbal messages. We conclude this chapter by summarizing the limited research on what happens when Japanese and North Americans communicate.

Communication in Interpersonal and Intergroup Relationships

In this section, we examine general patterns of communication in ...

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