Understanding Intercultural Communication provides a practical framework to help readers to understand intercultural communication and to solve intercultural problems. Each chapter exemplifies the everyday intercultural through ethnographic narratives in which people make sense of each other in home, work and study locations. Underpinned by a grammar of culture developed by the author, this book addresses key issues in intercultural communication, including:

    • the positive contribution of people from diverse cultural backgrounds;
    • the politics of Self and Other which promote negative stereotyping;
    • the basis for a de-centred approach to globalisation in which periphery cultural realities can gain voice and ownership.

Written by a leading researcher in the field, the new edition of this important text has been revised to invite the reader to reflect and develop their own intercultural and research strategies, and updated to include new ideas that have emerged in Holliday’s own work and elsewhere. This book is a key resource for academics, students and practitioners in intercultural communication and related fields.

chapter Chapter 1|7 pages

The grammar of culture

chapter Chapter 2|23 pages

Cultural practices

chapter Chapter 3|29 pages

Investigating culture

chapter Chapter 4|17 pages

Constructing culture

chapter Chapter 5|19 pages

Dialogue with structure

chapter Chapter 6|22 pages

Grand narratives of nation and history

chapter Chapter 7|30 pages

Discourses of culture

chapter Chapter 8|17 pages


chapter Chapter 9|17 pages

Cultural travel and innovation