Communication Between Cultures,
10th Edition

Larry A. Samovar, Richard E. Porter, Edwin R. McDaniel

ISBN-13: 9798214135847
Copyright 2025 | Published
480 pages | List Price: USD $187.95

With its incorporation and representation of diverse perspectives, Samovar/Porter/McDaniel's COMMUNICATION BETWEEN CULTURES, 10th Edition, helps students increase their understanding of the importance of cultural understanding for successful intercultural interactions. Packed with the latest research and compelling examples, this edition helps students look at their own assumptions, perceptions and cultural biases so they can see the subtle and profound ways culture affects communication. The 10th Edition addresses the importance of intercultural communication in the context of current global and technological and is accessible to all students, inclusive in its writing and personalization of activities.


1. Intercultural Communication: A Requirement for the Interdependent Global Society.
2. Communication and Culture: The Voice and the Echo.
3. The Deep Structure of Culture: Lessons from the Family.
4. Worldview: Cultural Explanations of Life and Death.
5. Cultural History: Precursor to the Present and Future.
6. Cultural Values: Roadmaps for Behavior.
7. Culture and Identity: Situating the Individual.
8. Verbal Messages: Exchanging Ideas Through Language.
9. Nonverbal Communication: The Messages of Action, Space, Time, and Silence.
10. Intercultural Communication in Contexts: Application in Business, Education, and Healthcare.
11. The Challenges of Intercultural Communication: Managing Differences.

  • Larry A. Samovar

    Larry Samovar, Emeritus Professor at San Diego State University, received his Ph.D. from Purdue University, where he taught for five years. He was also an invited scholar at Nihon University in Japan. As an early pioneer in the field of intercultural communication, he has been a guest speaker at many universities in the United States. In addition, Dr. Samovar has worked as a communication consultant in both the private and public sectors. He has written and/or edited 14 textbooks--totaling 45 editions. Many of his publications have been translated into foreign languages and are used in 11 countries. As an active researcher he has presented more than 100 scholarly papers and conducted numerous seminars and workshops at international, national, and regional conferences. His publication list is extensive and encompasses books and articles on intercultural communication, small group communication, interpersonal communication, and public speaking.

  • Richard E. Porter

    Richard E. Porter is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, Long Beach. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Dr. Porter developed his interest in intercultural communication in 1967 before there was an established field of study. His and other pioneers' early work in the field laid the basic structural foundation used by many later scholars as the field developed and expanded. For 30 years he created and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in intercultural communication. Dr. Porter is the co-author and editor of four books with 24 editions that deal with the subject of intercultural communication.

  • Edwin R. McDaniel

    Edwin (Ed) R. McDaniel received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University. He is currently a Member-at-Large of the Japan–U.S. Communication Association and a member of the Thunderbird Educator Network at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is also a retired Professor of Intercultural Communication at Aichi Shukutoku University in Nagoya, Japan, and has been a Japan ICU Foundation Visiting Scholar at the International Christian University in Tokyo. In addition, Dr. McDaniel has taught at San Diego State University, CSU San Marcos, and Thunderbird. In May 2013, he was an invited speaker at the China Cultural Industry Forum (CIF) in Beijing. He is the co-author/co-editor of numerous books on intercultural communication. His articles and book chapters have been published in China, Germany, Korea, and Japan, as well as the United States. Before beginning his academic career, Dr. McDaniel was in government service for over 20 years, during which time he lived and traveled in more than 40 countries.

  • 10th edition addresses and incorporates Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) principles throughout in order to resonate with a wide audience and promote understanding and empathy across all readers.

  • The topic of increasing interconnectivity of people worldwide using technology as a communication apparatus is updated in every chapter and the issues that include how technology enables the reconstitution of cultures and ways in which people identify and interact both on and off-line.

  • Expanded presentation of human communication to include a detailed explanation of the importance of motivation, knowledge, and skills for effective communication, while also delving into more complex discussions on identities, including generational, age, and ethnic different.

  • With a firm belief that history offers insights into a culture's past and a roadmap for its future, updated history chapter now includes refreshed "Country Statistics" tables and an updated section on "Contemporary Social Issues" that discusses current social conditions and their potential impact on the present and future.

  • The language chapter has been revamped to enhance the understanding of language in intercultural settings, with updated and expanded discussions on variations within language groups, including accents, dialects, argot, slang, and texting, as well as an expanded treatment on interpreting that incorporates the influence of new online developments on interpretation and translation.

  • Helping sharpen critical thinking skills, boxes such as "Remember This," "Imagine This" and "Consider This," encourage students to consider intercultural communication problems, answer questions and think about concepts found within each chapter.

  • Special attention is given to social issues including racism and racial tensions, stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination and ethnocentrism and encouraging students to reflect on their own prejudices.

  • The importance of education in diverse social contexts is thoroughly discussed. The text offers up-to-date material about the learning preferences of people from diverse cultural backgrounds as well as gives advice on how to create classrooms that reflect the various ethnicities of the surrounding community so that culturally different students can feel welcome and comfortable.

  • A unique focus on the deep structure of culture emphasizes the roles that family, religion, history and online technology play in intercultural communication.

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