Global Citizenship: The Importance of Intercultural Communication and International Relations
Using an interdisciplinary approach (Anderson), this paper concentrates on the interconnection between Intercultural Communication and International Relations. We focus on power and conflict-cooperation issues (Kelleher). To move from conflict to cooperation, international actors must possess an understanding of effective communication and have the skills to act on their knowledge in a culturally diverse environment (Samovar).
The need for effective communication and for cultural understanding is especially pressing given the post-911 world and the modern world demands (Calloway). We focus on the notion of “mindful communication” which requires knowledge of diplomacy and politics, in addition to a comprehensive understanding of cultural issues and diversity (Lustig).
This paper consists of 5 parts. First, we discuss the importance of studying intercultural communication, introduce the main concepts, and discuss issues about power & conflict. In Part Two, we examine the four contemporary approaches to the study of intercultural communication: social science, critical, interpretive, and dialectical. In Part Three, we discuss communication processes and technologies: verbal, nonverbal, visual, and mass communication. In Part Four, we examine ethical issues as they relate to human rights and preserving the integrity of cultures. Finally, we conclude by looking to the role of intercultural communication in shaping the future of our global community.
Anderson, Sheldon, et al, International Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Issue, Westview Press, 2008.
Calloway-Thomas, Carolyn, et al, Intercultural Communication: Roots and Routes, Allyn and Bacon, 1999.
Kelleher, Ann and Laura Klein, Global Perspectives: A Handbook for Understanding Global Issue, 3rd ed., Prentice Hall, 2009.
Lustig, Myron and Jolene Koester, Intercultural Competence, Addison Wesley Longman, 1999.
Samovar, Larry and Richard Porter, Communication Between Cultures, 4th ed., Wadsworth, 2001.
Keywords: Intercultural Communication, International Relations, Global Citizenship, International Relations Theory, Political Diversity, Mass Media
Dr. Houman A. Sadri
Associate Professor of International Relations, Political Science Department, University of Central Florida
Prof. Cherie J. Parker
Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Political Science Department