African American Communication & Identities: Essential Readings / Edition 1

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In this compelling anthology, editor Ronald L. Jackson II explores constitutive aspects of African American communication behaviors as they relate to how African Americans define themselves culturally. Readers benefit from a plethora of research on African Americans related to almost every area of communication inquiry, including theory and identity; language, performance, and rhetoric; interpersonal relationships; gendered contexts; organizational and instructional contexts; and mass mediated contexts.

Endowing the field with an intellectual legacy of issues, challenges, needs, and paradigms, African American Communication and Identities is ideal for undergraduate and graduate students in Communication Studies and African American Studies courses. This volume is also an excellent reader for advanced courses in intercultural communication, cross-cultural communication, race relations, and interethnic communication.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761928461
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald L. Jackson II (Ph. D., Howard University) is Associate Professor of Culture and Communication Theory in the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University. He is author of The Negotiation of Cultural Identity (Praeger Press), Think About It! (, African American Communication: Identity and Culture (with Michael Hecht and Sidney Ribeau; Erlbaum Publishers). Forthcoming are five books entitled: African American Rhetorics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (with Elaine Richardson; Southern Illinois University Press); Scripting the Black Masculine Body in Popular Media: Identity, Discourse and Racial Politics in Popular Media (SUNY Press), Essential Readings in African American Communication Studies and Understanding African American Rhetoric (with Elaine Richardson). Dr. Jackson’s theory work includes the development of two paradigms coined “cultural contracts theory” and "black masculine identity theory."

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Table of Contents

Ch 1. How I Got Over: Communication Dynamics in the Black Community - Jack L. Daniel and Geneva Smitherman
Ch 2. The Afrocentric Idea - Molefi Kete Asante
Ch 3. Complicity: The Theory of Negative Difference - Mark Lawrence Mc Phail
Ch 4. Black Kinesics: Some Nonverbal Communication Patterns in Black Culture - Kenneth R. Johnson
Ch 5. Improvisation as a Performance Strategy for African-based Theatre - Joni L. Jones
Ch 6. A Dilemma of Black Communication Scholars: The Challenge of Finding New Rhetorical Tools - Deborah F. Atwater
Ch 7. African American Ethos and Hermeneutical Rhetoric: An exploration of Alain Locke's The New Negro - Eric King Watts
Ch 8. Playing the Dozens: Folklore as Strategies for Living - Thurmon Garner
Ch 9. Black Street Speech: Its History, Structure, and Survival - John Baugh
Ch 10. An Afro-American Perspective on Interethnic Communication - Michael L. Hecht, Sidney Ribeau, and J. K. Alberts
Ch 11. Interracial Dating: The Implications of Race for Initiating a Romantic Relationship - Tina M. Harris, Pamela Kalbfleisch
Ch 12. The Changing Influence of Interpersonal Perceptions on Marital Well-being Among Black and White Couples - Linda K. Acitelli. Elizabeth Douvan, and Joseph Veroff
Ch 13. Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord ": Participation in African American Churches Among Young African American Men Who Have Sex With Men - Jeffrey Lynn Woodyard, John L. Peterson, and Joseph P. Stokes
effrey Lynn Woodyard, J. L. Peterson, J. P. Stokes
Ch 14. Multiple Perspectives: African American Women Conceive Their Talk - Marsha Houston
Ch 15. Crossing Cultural Borders: "Girl" and "Look" as Markers of Identity in Black Women's Language Use - Karla D. Scott
Ch 16. "That Was My Occupation ": Oral Narrative, Performance, and Black Feminist Thought - D. Soyini Madison
Ch 17. Interrogating the Representation of African American Female Identity in the Films "Waiting to Exhale" and "Set It Off." - Tina M. Harris
Ch 18. Defining Black Masculinity as Cultural Property: An Identity Negotiation Paradigm - Ronald L. Jackson, II and Celnisha L. Dangerfield
Ch 19. "Diversity" and Organizational Communication - Brenda J. Allen,
Ch 20. African American Women Executives' Leadership Communication Within Dominant-Culture Organizations - Patricia S. Parker
Ch. 21. Student Perceptions of the Influence of Race on Professor Credibility - Katherine Grace Hendrix
Ch 22. Exploring African American Identity Negotiation in the Academy: Toward a Transformative Vision of African American Communication Scholarship - Ronald L. Jackson, II
Ch 23. The Changing Image of the African American Family on Television - Melbourne S. Cummings
Ch 24. Jammin' on the One! Some Reflections on the Politics of Black Popular Culture - Herman Gray
Ch 25. Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films - Donald Bogle
Ch 26. Black Talk Radio: Defining Community Needs and Identity - Catherine R. Squires

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