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.

Intersectionality of Identities

Intersectionality of identities

Case Study

Greek-Lettered Themed Parties: Racist, Insensitive, or Just Fun?

In 2012, Chi Omega sorority at Pennsylvania State University celebrated Halloween with a Mexican-themed party. When photos of the event were posted online (women dressed in Mexican dress, a few holding signs that read, “Will mow lawn for weed + beer” and “I don't cut grass. I smoke it.”), this Greek-lettered collegiate organization joined several others on campuses across the United States who have been accused of racial insensitivity, intolerance, and racism. You can see the photos, read the entire story, and review hundreds of comments about the incident through the website listed below. Clearly, we should not condemn all members of this particular sorority, or all fraternity and sorority members, ...

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