This Third Edition of Interracial Communication: Theory Into Practice guides readers in applying the 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 dialogue across racial barriers. Part I provides a foundation for studying interracial communication and includes chapters on the history of race and racial categories, the importance of language, the development of racial and cultural identities, and current and classical theoretical approaches. Part II applies this information to interracial communication practices in specific, everyday contexts, including friendships, romantic relationships, the mass media, and organizational, public, and group settings. This Third Edition includes the latest data, new research studies and examples, all-new photos, and important new topics.

Friendships and Romantic Relationships

Friendships and romantic relationships

Case Study

Is Love a Matter of the Heart, or the Court?

As discussed in Chapter 1, many people have been under the misconception that we are living in a post-racial America. Unfortunately, there is a plethora of current events that tell us otherwise. This is even evidenced in the area of interracial romantic relationships. In 2009, CNN and other news outlets reported the story of Louisiana justice Keith Bardwell who refused to perform a marriage ceremony for an interracial (Black/White) couple who simply wanted to be married. After national attention and open condemnation from the couple and many Louisiana citizens and public officials, Bardwell reluctantly resigned from his post. His decision was because he believed he did not ...

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