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.

The History of Race

The history of race

Case Study

Superior African American Athlete Gene?

At the 2008 Summer Olympic games, 14 of the 15 100-meter finalists had African ancestry. Michael Johnson, a four-time gold medalist of West African descent, was featured in a 2012 documentary called Michael Johnson: Survival of the Fastest where he concludes that so many of the top sprinters in the world are Black because they inherited superior genes from past ancestors who were enslaved. In part he said, “All my life I believed I became an athlete through my own determination, but it's impossible to think that being descended from slaves hasn't left an imprint through the generations.” Then, “Difficult as it was to hear, slavery has benefited descendants like me—I believe ...

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