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The Global Intercultural Communication Reader, 2e, 2nd Edition by Jing Yin, Yoshitaka Miike, Molefi Kete Asante

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Notes in the History of Intercultural Communication

The Foreign Service Institute and the Mandate for Intercultural Training

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz

In this opening chapter, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz documents the contribution of Edward T. Hall and the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the U.S. Department of State to the establishment of the intercultural communication field. She first explicates the significance of Hall’s work in defining and developing intercultural communication as a field of study and then examines the historical context of the FSI as it shaped the theoretical contours of contemporary intercultural communication research. According to Leeds-Hurwitz, it was the demands of U.S. diplomats and the practical mission of the FSI that led ...

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