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Ferment in the Intercultural Field

Ferment in the Intercultural Field

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June 2003 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Ferment in the Intercultural Field: Axiology/Value/Praxis, Volume 26 of The International and Intercultural Communication Annual examines how the field of intercultural communication has encouraged new techniques in the area of research. Editors William J. Starosta and Guo-Ming Chen, along with a diverse group of distinguished contributors, recall the 1983 topical issue of The Journal of Communication that reported a critical turn and a shift of paradigms in communication research.


Offering a postmodern critique of some of the more common approaches to research, this volume treats the researcher as an instrument and welcomes multiple voices in research, invites critique and self-reflection, rethinks rhetoric, categorizes research assumptions, and considers the researched a partner in a research conversation. Ferment in the Intercultural Field critiques western perspectives and looks for applications that will improve intercultural frictions and misunderstandings. The volume also includes analyses that speak to "ferment" in terms of axiology, values, and praxis.

Recommended for scholars and researchers in the area of intercultural communication, Ferment in the Intercultural Field is also a vital resource for upper-level undergraduate and graduate communication students.


About the Editors:

William J. Starosta, Ph.D., teaches coursework in intercultural communication, qualitative research, and rhetoric at Howard University. He has held elective office in two professional societies and is founding editor of the Howard Journal of Communications. He presently conducts research in inter-ethnic conflict, intercultural rhetoric, and intercultural communication theory.


Guo-Ming Chen, Ph.D., is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Rhode Island. He was the recipient of the 1987 Outstanding Dissertation Award presented by the SCA International and Intercultural Communication Division. His primary research interests are in intercultural/organizational communication, including the areas of global communication, communication competence, conflict management, and cultural values and language.





Section I: Toward a Fifth Moment in Intercultural Communication Research
William J. Starosta and Guo-Ming Chen
1. "Ferment," an Ethic of Caring, and the Corrective Power of Dialogue
Rueyling Chuang
2. A Postmodern Critique of Cross-Cultural and Intercultural Communication Research: Contesting Essentialism, Postivist Dualism, and Eurocentricity
Section II: Ethics and Axiology in Intercultural Communication
W. F. Santiago-Valles
3. Intercultural Communication as a Social Problem in a Globalized Context: Ethics of Praxis Research Techniques
Andrew R. Smith
4. Discord in Intercultural Negotiation: Toward an Ethic of Communicability
Section III: Cultural Communication in Historical Context
Steven C. Combs and Kerry A. Causey
5. Communication Markers of At-Risk Southeast Asian Refugee Youth
Marouf Hasian, Jr.
6. Academic Witnessing, French Cultures, and the Echoes of Holocaust Memories
Section IV: Identity Negotiation in Dealings with the Other
Ronald L. Jackson, II and Katherine Simpson
7. White Positionalities and Cultural Contracts: Critiquing Entitlement, Theorizing, and Exploring the Negotiation of White Identities
Chang In Shin and Ronald L. Jackson, II
8. A Review of Identity Reserach in Communication Theory: Re-conceptualizing Cultural Identity
Section V: On Alternative Centrisms
Yoshitaka Miike
9. Beyond Eurocentrism in the Intercultural Field: Searching for an Asiacentric Paradigm
William J. Starosta and Guo-Ming Chen
10. On Theorizing Difference: Culture as Centrism
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