Technological innovations in communication, transportation and various information tools have helped to create the greatest mixing of cultures that the world has ever seen. In order for you to function well in your private and public lives today, you will need to be competent in intercultural communication. Our goal in this book is to give you the knowledge, motivation, and skills to accomplish that objective. Considerable progress has been made by scholars and practitioners of intercultural communication over the past several years, and this edition accurately reflects their progress. Updates throughout the book provide you with the most contemporary scholarship and applications available to help prepare you to be a successful intercultural communicator in a variety of contexts.