Communicating Ethnic and Cultural Identity / Edition 1

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This intercultural communication text reader brings together the many dimensions of ethnic and cultural identity and shows how they are communicated in everyday life. Introducing and applying key concepts, theories, and approaches_from empirical to ethnographic_the chapters look at the experiences of African Americans, Asians, Asian Americans, Latino/as, and Native Americans, as well as many cultural groups. The authors also explore issues such as gender, race, class, spirituality, alternative lifestyles, and inter- and intraethnic identity. The focus of analysis ranges from movies and photo albums to beauty salons and Deadhead gatherings.

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Editorial Reviews

Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
[This] book is thought-provoking, and many of its essays are insightful illustrations of communication practices.
Robbin Crabtree
This book makes an important contribution to the growing literature on communication and cultural identity. I appreciate the range of theoretical frameworks and the many sites where identity is performed in particular ways. The collection demonstrates methodological diversity and a strong sense of how identity is both a cultural and a personal journey.
Patricia Covarrubias
An important addition to the study of cultural and intercultural communication. The authors provide a rich variety of applied and theoretical sites for understanding the meaningful ways in which communication both reflects and constitutes individual and group human identities. It is particularly useful to see the inclusion of material artifacts as means by which men and women construct identity.
Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
[This] book is thought-provoking, and many of its essays are insightful illustrations of communication practices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742517394
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/24/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 957,843
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Fong is associate professor of communication studies at California State University, San Bernardino. Rueyling Chuang is assistant professor of communication studies at California State University, San Bernardino.

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Table of Contents

1 Identity and the Speech Community 3
2 Multiple Dimensions of Identity 19
3 Ethnic and Cultural Identity: Distinguishing Features 35
4 Theoretical Perspectives: Fluidity and Complexity of Cultural and Ethnic Identity 51
5 Approaches to Cultural Identity: Personal Notes from an Autoethnographical Journey 69
6 Grandma's Photo Album: Clothing as Symbolic Representations of Identity 85
7 She Speaks to Us, for Us, and of Us: Our Lady of Guadalupe as a Semiotic Site of Struggle and Identity 105
8 Memory, Cinema, and the Reconstitution of Cultural Identities in the Asian Indian Diaspora 121
9 Intercultural Weddings and the Simultaneous Display of Multiple Identities 135
10 Pahiwatig: The Role of "Ambiguity" in Filipino American Communication Patterns 151
11 Cultural and Intercultural Speech Uses and Meanings of the Term Nigga 165
12 Lesbian History and Politics of Identities 179
13 The Chicken Haulers and the High Liners: CB Talk among Interstate Truckers 199
14 Tighten Me Up: Reflecting and Maintaining Ethnic Identity Through Daily Interactions in an African American-Owned Beauty Salon 217
15 Communicating a Latina Identity: Becoming Different, Doing Difference, and Being Different 231
16 Communicating Deadhead Identity: Exploring Identity from a Cultural Communication Perspective 247
17 I Want You to Talk for Me: An Ethnography of Communication of the Osage Indian 261
18 Building a Shared Future across the Divide: Identity and Conflict in Cyprus 275
19 "Where I Come From Is Where I Want to Be": Communicating Franco American Ethnicity 297
20 Negotiating Cultural Identity: Strategies for Belonging 313
21 Negotiating Cultural Identity in the Classroom 329
22 "Perpetual Foreigner": In Search of Asian Americans' Identity and Otherness 345
23 Personal Journey: My Struggle between Cambodian and Chinese Identities 363
24 A Little Bit Black - But Not all the Way 373
Index 383
About the Contributors 389
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