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
  • 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

Chapter 1 Preface Part 2 Part I Introduction to Ethnic and Cultural Identity Chapter 3 1 Identity and the Speech Community Chapter 4 2 Multiple Dimensions of Identity Chapter 5 3 Ethnic and Cultural Identity: Distinguishing Features Chapter 7 4 Theoretical Perspectives: Fluidity and Complexity of Cultural and Ethnic Identity Part 8 Part II Artifacts and Cultural Identity Chapter 8 5 Approaches to Cultural Identity: Personal Notes from an Autoethnographical Journey Chapter 9 6 Grandma's Photo Album: Clothing as Symbolic Representations of Identity Chapter 11 7 She Speaks to Us, for Us, and of Us: Our Lady of Guadalupe as a Semiotic Site of Struggle and Identity Chapter 12 9 Intercultural Weddings and Simultaneous Display of Multiple Identities Chapter 12 8 Memory, Cinema, and the Reconstitution of Cultural Identities in the Asian Indian Diaspora Part 13 Part III Language, Terms, and Identity Chapter 15 11 Cultural and Intercultural Speech Uses and Meanings of the Term Nigga Chapter 15 10 Pahiwatig: The Role of 'Ambiguity' in Filipino American Communication Patterns Chapter 16 12 Lesbian History and Politics of Identities Chapter 17 13 The Chicken Haulers and the High Liners: CB Talk among Interstate Truckers Part 18 Part IV Cultural Communities and Social Identities Chapter 20 14 Tighten Me Up: Reflecting and Maintaining Ethnic Identity through Daily Interactions in an African American-Owned Beauty Salon Chapter 21 15 Communicating a Latina Identity: Becoming Different, Doing Difference, and Being Different Chapter 22 16 Communicating Deadhead Identity: Exploring Identity from a Cultural Communication Perspective Chapter 23 18 Building a Shared Future Across the Divide: Identity and Conflict in Cyprus Chapter 23 17 I Want You to Talk for Me: An Ethnography of Communication of the 'sage Indian Part 24 Part V Negotiating Cultural Identities and the Sense of Belonging Chapter 26 19 'Where I Come From is Where I Want to Be': Communicating Franco American Ethnicity Chapter 27 20 Negotiating Cultural Identity: Strategies for Belonging Chapter 28 21 Negotiating Cultural Identity in the Classroom Chapter 29 22 'Perpetual Foreigner': In Search of Asian Americans' Identity and Otherness Part 30 Part VI Autoethnographies: Developing and Transforming Ethnic and Cultural Identities Chapter 32 23 Personal Journey: My Struggle between Cambodian and Chinese Identities Chapter 33 24 A Little Bit Blackā€”But Not All the Way Part 35 Index

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