African American Communication Exploring Identity and Culture

ISBN-10: 080583995X

ISBN-13: 9780805839951

Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Michael L. Hecht, Ronald L. Jackson, Sidney A. Ribeau

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What communicative experiences are particular to African Americans? How do many African Americans define themselves culturally? How do they perceive intracultural and intercultural communication? These questions are answered in this second edition ofAfrican American Communication: Exploring Identity and Culture. Informing multiple audiences interested in African American culture, from cultural researchers and practitioners to educators, policymakers, and community leaders, this innovative and invaluable resource examines the richness and depth of African American communication norms and patterns, as well as African American identities. Positive and healthy African American identities are centrally positioned throughout the book. Applying the cultural contracts theory and the communication theory of identity, authors Michael L. Hecht, Ronald L. Jackson II, and Sidney A. Ribeau explore relationships among African Americans, as well as between African Americans and European Americans, while highlighting the need for sensitivity to issues of power when discussing race, ethnicity, and culture. This wide-ranging volume provides an extensive review of the relevant literature and offers recommendations designed to encourage understanding of African American communication in a context extending beyond Eurocentric paradigms. Considering African American identity with a communicative, linguistic, and relational focus, this volume: *Defines African American identities by describing related terms, such as self, self-concept, personhood and identity; *Explores Afrocentricity and African American discourse; *Examines the status of African Americans in the United States using census statistics and national studies from other research agencies; *Considers identity negotiation and competence; and *Features a full chapter on African American relationships, including gendered, familial, intimate, adolescent and adult, homosexual, friendship, communal, and workplace relationships. African American Communication: Exploring Identity and Culturebegins an important dialogue in the communication discipline, intercultural studies, African American studies and other fields concerned with the centrality of culture and communication as it relates to human behavior. It is intended for advanced students and scholars in intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, communication theory, African American/Black studies, social psychology, sociolinguistics, education, and family studies.
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List price: $59.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

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 Identitynbsp; (Praeger Press), Think About It! (, African American Communication: Identity and Culture (with Michael Hecht and Sidney Ribeau; Erlbaum Publishers).nbsp; 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).nbsp; Dr. Jackson's theory work includes the development of two paradigms coined "cultural contracts theory" and "black masculine identity theory." nbsp;

About the Authors
Surveying the Ancestral Heritage of African American Culture
Origins of African American Culture
Historical Roots of the Composite African American Experience and the Metatheory of Afrocentricity
African Americans in Contemporary U.S. Culture
Social Structure
The Black Church
African American Culture and Communication
An Interpretive, Cultural Approach
Communication as a Cultural Process: A Perspective
Culture is Historically and Socially Emergent
People Co-create and Maintain Culture as a Function of Identity
People Negotiate Their Identities When They Come in Contact With Others
Identities are Pluralistic and Overlapping
Culture is a System of Interdependent Patterns of Conduct and Interpretations
Perceptions Provide a Rich Source of Interpretive Data
Sensitizing Constructs
Core Symbols and Prescriptions
Communication as Problematic
Conversation, Code, and Community
Cultural Identity
Summary and Overview of Chapters
Self, Identity, Cultural Identity, and African American Cultural Identity
Self-Concept and Identity
Social Categorization and Identity
Hierarchical Organization of Identity
Types of Identities
Identity and Social Interaction
The Process of Identity
Cultural Identity
Ethnolinguistic Identity
African American Cultural Identity
Communication Competence
Defining Competence
Effectiveness and Appropriateness
Knowledge, Motivation, and Skills
Cultural Differences in Communication Competence Patterns
Cultural Appropriateness
African American Norms for Acquaintances
African American Norms for Friends
African American Norms Within Unequal Power Relationships
African American Norms During Conflict
Cultural Effectiveness
Intercultural Communication Issues
Validation of the Issues
Comparisons of the Issues in In-Group and Out-Group Conversations
Comparisons to European Americans
Intercultural Conversational Improvement Strategies
Original Strategies
Additional Strategies
Validation of the Conversational Improvement Strategies
Intercultural Conversational Improvement Strategies in In-Group and Out-Group Conversations
A Comparison of African American and European American Conversational Improvement Strategies
Intracultural Communication Effectiveness
African American Language and Communication Styles
Language Style
Black English
Code or Style Switching
Oral Tradition
Core Symbols and Communication Style
Immediacy and Relationship Intimacy
Positivity and Emotionality
Other Communication Styles
Coping Styles
Interpersonal Styles
Verbal Messages
Nonverbal Messages
African American Relationships and Cultural Identity Negotiation
African American Children and Youth Relationships
Development of Racial Attitudes Among African American Children
Race-Related Stress Among African American Adolescents
African American Adolescents and Educational Achievement
Gender Identity Differences Among African American Adolescents and Adults
African American Families
African American Family Structure
Sibling Relationships
Parent-Child Relationships
Informal and Formal Adoption Networks
Informal Adoption
Formal Adoptions
African American Friendship, Dating, and Marital Relationships
Adult Friendship Networks
Interpersonal Solidarity and Loving Relationships
Dating Relationships
Marital Relationships
Homosexual Relationships
African American Workplace Relationships
Status of African Americans in the United States
Communication Theory of Identity
Basic Concepts of the Communication Theory of Identity
Frames of Reference
The Interpenetration of Frames
Basic Assumptions of the Theory
Identity as a Personal Frame
Identity as an Enactment Frame
Identity as a Relationship Frame
Identity as a Communal Frame
Applications of the Theory
Cultural Contracts Theory
Basic Premises
Identities Require Affirmation
Identities Are Constantly Being Exchanged
Identities Are Contractual
Basic Assumptions of Cultural Contracts Theory
Cultural Contract Types
Future Directions
Research Methodology
Practical Applications
Author Index
Subject Index
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