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 4: Deconstructing Whiteness Ideology as a Set of Rhetorical Fantasy Themes: Implications for Interracial Alliance Building in the United States

Deconstructing Whiteness Ideology as a Set of Rhetorical Fantasy Themes: Implications for Interracial Alliance Building in the United States

Deconstructing whiteness ideology as a set of rhetorical fantasy themes: Implications for interracial alliance building in the united states
SeanTierneyHoward University
Ronald L.Jackson IIPennsylvania State University

Whiteness ideology in the United States can be construed as a set of fantasy themes, discursively formed, politically charged, and socially constituted within everyday interaction with cultural others. Fantasies are shared rhetorical visions, which are chained out through discourse and framed using the apparatus of culture. Culture, by its very nature, ensures that people will have shared patterns of social cognition; hence, they will use their culture to understand themselves and the norms of the world around them; moreover, ideologies facilitate how these ...

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