Intercultural Communication: A Critical Introduction

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CHAPTER 11
The Future of Intercultural
Communication

II.1 CHAPTER OBJECTIVES
This concluding chapter revisits the central concerns of this book and brings them together in a look into the future of intercultural communication. I will focus on approaches, methods, commitment and the position of the researcher. In terms of approaches, I ask whether it is possible to do intercultural communication research without falling into the twin traps of essentialism and banal nationalism. In terms of method, I will focus on critical sociolinguistic ethnography, the method that underlies most of the examples I introduced throughout this volume. In terms of commitment, I would like to see intercultural communication researchers enter into more frequent and more serious conversations with movements for social justice. Finally, in terms of the position of the researcher, it seems to me that the old adage ‘know thyself’ still stands: in order to understand others, we need to understand ourselves.This chapter will enable you to:
Design your own intercultural communications research projects.

II.2 THE MATERIAL BASE OF INTERCULTURAL
COMMUNICATION

During the years in which I have been teaching intercultural communication I have become very aware of the fact that most people find it a fascinating area that speaks to their everyday experiences in our fast-changing world and hyper-mobile times. I hope I have shared some of that fascination and vibrancy of the field with the readers of this book. At the same

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