Intercultural Alliances, Volume 25 of The International and Intercultural Communication Annual, reflects the struggle to comprehend our international communities and improve the ways in which we communicate and negotiate across cultures. Carefully organized and edited by Mary Jane Collier, this accessible volume defines intercultural alliances and demonstrates their potential through examples of effective and ineffective alliances. A group of diverse and distinguished contributors presents an array of approaches to intercultural alliances, analyzing relationships between groups and individuals; institutionally based relationships that are constrained and enabled by structures, ideologies, and histories; and relationships as situated discourse. Tailored for scholars who study culture, communication, sociology, or language, Intercultural Alliances is also essential reading for upper level undergraduate and graduate students interested in culture or communication.
Chapter 11: Intercultural Alliances: A Cyberdialogue Among Scholar-Practitioners
Intercultural Alliances: A Cyberdialogue Among Scholar-Practitioners
Mary Jane Collier
Introduction to the Cyberdialogue
As a white European American female editor of this volume, with race, ethnic, and class identifications, among others, that grant me privilege; and as one whose itineraries of study include interpretive as well as critical perspectives, I find that dialogue with those who have different identifications and experiences helps me see what I may be taking for granted and have overlooked in the past. Dialogue among scholars-practitioners about intergroup and interpersonal intercultural alliances creates an opportunity to acknowledge constraints, wrestle with critical issues, and recognize the transformative potential of such relationships.
My goal for this chapter, therefore, is to provide a new kind of forum, a ...