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Intercultural Alliances
Critical Transformation

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November 2002 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Published in Association with National Communication Association

Intercultural Alliances, Volume 25 of The International and Intercultural Communication Annual, reflects the struggle to comprehend our international communities and improve the ways in which we communicate and negotiate across cultures. Carefully organized and edited by Mary Jane Collier, this accessible volume defines intercultural alliances and demonstrates their potential through examples of effective and ineffective alliances. A group of diverse and distinguished contributors presents an array of approaches to intercultural alliances, analyzing relationships between groups and individuals; institutionally based relationships that are constrained and enabled by structures, ideologies, and histories; and relationships as situated discourse.

Intercultural Alliances offers a variety of perspectives on culture, identity, and the formation of alliances by including:

  • Numerous cultural identifications, representations, and sites of study.
  • Research using diverse theoretical approaches and methodologies.
  • Perspectives of international, national, and local sites of communication in which alliances are being negotiated.
  • A cyberdialogue among five conflict scholar/practitioners about visions, concerns, and actions that characterize alliance development in three diverse contexts.
  • Directions that we might take as researchers, teachers, and practitioners in the future.

Intercultural Alliances wrestles with questions of cultural identification, representations, and quality of intercultural relationships at all levels. The essays examine our need as human beings to make sense of our international communities and our relationships that are economically, politically, and socially interdependent and inextricably bound together.

Tailored for scholars who study culture, communication, sociology, or language, Intercultural Alliances is also essential reading for upper level undergraduate and graduate students interested in culture or communication.


Mary Jane Collier
1. Negotiating Intercultural Alliance Relationships: Toward Transformation
Kathryn Sorrells
2. Embodied Negotiation: Commodification and Cultural Representation in the U.S. Southwest
Aimee M. Carrillo Rowe
3. Bridge Inscriptions: Transracial Feminist Alliances, Possibilities, and Foreclosures
Sean Tierney and Ronald L. Jackson II
4. Deconstructing Whiteness Ideology as a Set of Rhetorical Fantasy Themes: Implications for Interracial Alliance Building in the United States
Melissa E. Steyn
5. The Two Nations Talk: An Analysis of Rapprochement and Alienation in Two South African National Radio Talk Shows
Leda Cooks and Elizabeth Fullon
6. The (In)visible Whiteness of Being: Stories of Selves in Sojourn
Radhika Gajjala
7. Interrogating Identities: Composing Other Cyberspaces
Jolanta A. Drzewiecka
8. Collective Memory, Media Representations, and Barriers to Intercultural Dialogue
Rona Tamiko Halualani
9. Connecting Hawaiians: The Politics of Authenticity in the Hawaiian Diaspora
S. Lily Mendoza
10. Bridging Theory and Cultural Politics: Revisiting the Indigenization-Poststructuralism Debates in Filipino and Filipino American Struggles for Identity
Brenda J. Allen, Benjamin J. Broome, Trisha S. Jones, Victoria Chen, and Mary Jane Collier
11. Intercultural Alliances: A Cyberdialogue Among Scholars/Practitioners
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index
 
About the Editors, About the Contributors

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