Interracial Communication: Theory Into Practice / Edition 2

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Specifically addressing how interpersonal communication as process is potentially impeded because of how we are socialized to think about racial differences, this exciting and much-anticipated second edition of Interracial Communication: Theory Into Practice guides readers in applying the valuable contributions of recent communication theory to improving everyday communication among the races. Authors Mark P. Orbe and Tina M. Harris offer a comprehensive, practical foundation for dialogue on interracial communication, as well as a resource that stimulates thinking and encourages readers to become active participants in the solution process.

New to the Second Edition

  • Incorporates new topics: This edition includes discussions of whiteness and diversity management within the workplace and a brand new chapter on interracial conflict.
  • Provides updated statistics, research studies, and examples: Changes reflect the state of study in a post-9/11 society, including discussions of how the media frame race in relation to Middle Easterners and Latinos and pending issues relative to illegal immigration.
  • Offers student reflections: Chapter concepts are brought to life through self-reflections about race as experienced by students enrolled in an interracial communication course.
  • Presents additional reflections by the authors: Each author offers new experiences to help readers understand how race is salient in their everyday lives, including friendships; romantic relationships; organizational, public, and group settings; and the mass media.
  • Gives attention to all predominant U.S. races: The book addresses African Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans, Latino/a Americans, and Native Americans—in addition to discussing multiracial Americans.

Intended Audience

This is an ideal core text for courses such as Interracial Communication, Intercultural Communication, International or Global Communication, and Race, Gender, and Media in departments of speech communication, mass communication, and ethnic studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412954587
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/23/2007
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark P. Orbe (Ph D, Ohio University) is professor of communication and diversity in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University, where he also holds a joint appointment in the gender and women’s studies program. He conducts research in interpersonal-intercultural communication, co-cultural communication, intergroup relations, mass media representations of underrepresented group members, and negotiation/intersection of multiple cultural identities. Over his career, has published ten books and hundreds of journal articles and book chapters. He is also founder and president of Dumela Communications, a full-service consulting company that specializes in providing services for clients committed to enhancing their communication cultural competencies.

Tina M. Harris (Ph D, University of Kentucky) is professor of communication studies at the University of Georgia. She has been recognized with the Josiah T. Meigs Teaching Professorship and received the Georgia Board of Regents’ 2006 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award for her scholarship on race and pedagogy in the college classroom. She is co-author of three books: Interracial Communication: Theory Into Practice (2008, SAGE), Mediating Cultures: Parenting in Intercultural Contexts (2012, Lexington Books), and Religion and Communication: An Anthology of Extensions in Theory, Research, and Method (2012, Peter Lang). She teaches undergraduate courses in the areas of interracial, interpersonal, and African American relational communication, as well as graduate courses in interracial communication and media, communication, and race. Her research interests are mass media representations of race, pedagogy and race, religious communication, and interracial communication, which are published in numerous communication journals.

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Table of Contents

I. Foundations for Interracial Communication Theory and Practice
1. Studying Interracial Communication
Defining Interracial Communication
Why Study Interracial Communication?
Acknowledging Racial Locations
Setting the Stage for Discussions of Race
Opportunities for Extended Learning
2. The History of Race
History of Racial Classification
Economic and Political Expansion and Race
The Biological Foundations of Race
The Sociopolitical Construction of Race
The Significance of Race Today
Opportunities for Extended Learning
3. The Power of Language, Labels, and Naming
The Power of Language
The Power of Labels
Nonverbal Communication
Opportunities for Extended Learning
4. Racial and Ethnic Identity Negotiation
Approaches to Studying Identity
Focus on Racial/Ethnic Identity
Cultural Identity Development Models
Communication Theory of Identity
Opportunities for Extended Learning
5. Recognizing Multiple Self-Identities and Other Identities
Acknowledging Multiple Cultural Identities
Potentially Salient Aspects of Cultural Identity
Intersections of Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and SES
Opportunities for Extended Learning
6. Theoretical Approaches to Studying Interracial Communication
Interracial Communication Models
Theorizing Interracial Communication
Understanding Different Forms of Racialized Communication
Theorizing Satisfying Communication
Understanding Interracial Communication Processes
Opportunities for Extended Learning
II. Interracial Communication in Specific Contexts
7. Interracial Friendships
The Significance of Interracial Friendships
History and Interracial Friendships
Six Orders of Contact
Understanding the Contact Hypothesis
Educational Institutions as a Site for Interracial Friendships
Effective Communication Strategies
Opportunities for Extended Learning
8. Interracial Romantic Relationships
Current Trends in Interracial Romantic Relationships
The History of Interracial Romantic Relationships
Mental Models of Interracial Romantic Relationships
Theories on Interracial Relationships
Social Forces that Influence Interracial Romantic Relationships
Creating New Mental Models
Opportunities for Extended Learning
9. Interracial Communication in the Context of Organizations
Organizational Communication
Understanding Organizational Theories
Organizational Culture
Racializing the Organizational Context
General Organizational Principles
Practicing Diversity Management
Opportunities for Extended Learning
10. Interracial Conflict
Contextual Sources of Conflict
Conflict Styles
Thinking Critically About Existing Research
A Case Study in Interracial Unity
Opportunities for Extended Learning
11. Race/Ethnicity, Interracial Communication, and the Mass Media
The Importance of the Mass Media
Mass Media Representations of Racialized Others
Racialized Television Viewing Habits
The Internet as a Mass Media Venue
Implications and Consequences of Media Images
Fostering an “Enlightened Racism”
Opportunities for Extended Learning
12. Moving From the Theoretical to the Practical
Identifying Potential Barriers to Interracial Communication
Setting the Stage for Effective Interracial Communication
Fostering Interracial Dialogue
Opportunities for Extended Learning
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Authors

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