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.

Racial and Ethnic Identity Negotiation

Racial and ethnic identity negotiation

Case Study

Which Group do you have Most in Common with?

In 2003, researchers from Duke University conducted a telephone survey of 500 people currently residing in Durham, North Carolina, with a particular focus to interview a balance of participants (160 Whites, 151 Blacks, and 161 Latino/as). One question the researchers asked residents was to identity another racial/ethnic group they had the most in common with. You may be surprised by the results of this study. Most Latin@s (78%) felt that they had most in common with Whites; however, only 22% of European Americans surveyed felt that they had most in common with Latin@s. In comparison, Whites reported having the most in common with African Americans (46%) ...

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