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What it means to be a self — and a self communicating and being in a particular culture — are key issues interwoven throughout Min-Sun Kim’s impressive text, Non-Western Perspectives on Human Communication. Going beyond cultural descriptions or instructions on adapting to specific cultures, the author interrogates the very core assumptions underlying the study of human communication and challenges longstanding individualistic, Western models on which much intercultural research is based. Kim proposes a non-western way of conceptualizing identity, or the “self” — the cornerstone of cultural research — illuminating how traditional western and non-western views can be blended into a broader, more realistic understanding of cultures and communication. Grounding her work in a thorough knowledge of the literature, she challenges students and researchers alike to reexamine their approach to intercultural study.

Conflict Management Styles: Is Avoidance Really a Lose-Lose?
Conflict management styles: Is avoidance really a lose-lose?

The one who raises her/his voice has already lost.

— Japanese proverb

The bigger asshole wins.

— American expression

Some of the most severe problems in intercultural relations arise as a consequence of interpersonal conflicts. Miller and Steinberg (1975) distinguish between pseudo conflicts and simple conflicts. Simple conflicts stem from incompatible goals, whereas pseudo conflicts arise from a communicative misunderstanding between parties. Given that intercultural communication is generally characterized by many ostensible differences between interactants, such as different expectations, the potential for pseudo conflicts is greater in intercultural relationships than in intracultural ones (see Lee & Rogan, 1991). Similarly, it is often not the content of conflict that creates tensions or frictions; rather, ...

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