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African American Communication PRby Michael L. Hecht
Synopses & Reviews
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 of African 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 Culture begins 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.
Book News Annotation:
From a communication theory of identity and cultural contracts approach, culturally diverse scholars study the interface of African American identity and communication. Based on this interpretive approach and empirical data, Hecht (communication arts and sciences, Pennsylvania State U.) and his colleagues review the roots of this culture, its status in contemporary America, intra- and inter- cultural communication competence and styles, relationships and the negotiation of cultural identity (a new chapter), and future research directions. The date of the first edition is not given.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Cultural analysis of African American communication, with emphasis on identity, rules, & strategies that characterize communication for group members. For advanced students/scholars in intercultural/interpers comm; African American/Black Studies, etc. br
Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-297) and indexes.
Table of Contents
Surveying the Ancestral Heritage of African American Culture — Historical Roots of the Composite African American Experience and the Metatheory of Afrocentricity — African Americans in Contemporary U.S. Culture — African American Culture and Communication — An Interpretive, Cultural Approach — Communication as a Cultural Process: A Perspective — Sensitizing Constructs — Self, Identity, Cultural Identity, and African American Cultural Identity — Communication Competence — Cultural Appropriateness — Cultural Effectiveness — African American Language and Communication Styles — Language Style — Core Symbols and Communication Style — Other Communication Styles — 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 — Arican American Family Structure — African American Friendship, Dating, and Marital 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 — Basic Assumptions of the Theory — Applications of the Theory — Cultural Contracts Theory — Basic Premises — Basic Assumptions of Cultural Contracts Theory — Future Directions — Research Methodology — Practical Applications.
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