This comprehensive and engaging treatment of communication ethics combines student application and theoretical engagement. Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference reviews classic communication ethics approaches and extends the conversation about dialogue and difference in public and private life. Introducing communication ethics as a pragmatic survival skill in a world of difference, the authors offer a learning model that frames communication ethics as arising from a set of goods found within particular narratives, traditions, or virtue structures that guide human life.
Chapter 9: Intercultural Communication Ethics: Before the Conversation Begins
Intercultural Communication Ethics: Before the Conversation Begins
Arendt's reflections and analyses as a social and cultural historian show … that such matters of “distinction” and “difference” are never merely individual but always concern the identities and social positions of collectivities. (Benhabib, 1996, p. 28)
Intercultural communication ethics protects and promotes the “good” of a particular culture, understanding culture as the shaping force behind persons and communities. An intercultural communication ethic calls us to protect and promote a given good—the culture itself. Our communication ethics responsibility is to learn about other cultures without presupposing that each culture is simply equal in ethical importance to another and to forgo the assumption that the individual is primary—intercultural communication ethics assumes that the culture ...