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.

Moving from the Theoretical to the Practical

Moving from the Theoretical to the Practical

Moving from the theoretical to the practical

Case Study

Can Contemporary Artists Advance Racial Understanding?

A country star known for the white cowboy hat and virtuoso guitar work, Brad Paisley's collaboration with rapper LL Cool J “Accidental Racist” was released in 2003. The song, which addresses racial perception, resulted in significant controversy in both country and rap communities. Intending to trigger emotional responses, the song is about how cultural symbols favored by European Americans and African Americans (e.g., wearing Confederate flags or sagging baggy pants) are loaded with meaning.

For instance, Paisley describes the Confederate flag as an example in the song, sharing how Whites are “caught between Southern pride and Southern blame” 150 years after the end of the Civil ...

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