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.

Studying Interracial Communication

Studying interracial communication

Case Study

The Consequences of Racial Bias

A recent study by a team of researchers found that White college students avoid conversations about race, and even interracial interactions generally, primarily because they will say something that's not politically correct and may make them look prejudiced or racist. Some of their findings, given our experiences teaching interracial communication for the past few decades, aren't surprising. But what is striking about the study's findings is that many college students report being significantly unnerved by even minor interactions. This seems to support the findings of Trawalter, Richeson, and Shelton's (2009) study, which found that European Americans with racial bias had great difficulty in completing easy tasks after a brief interaction with African Americans (see ...

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