1st Edition

Ethnicities Media, Health, and Coping

Edited By Chuka Onwumechili Copyright 2024

    This book brings ethnicities into focus by presenting contemporary ethnic discourses that capture and highlight disjuncture within the concept of the idealized “globalizing” world.

    In recent years and despite many writings about globalization and the melding of differences, there remain strong forces that continue to exacerbate ethnic differences in communication as well as other important areas. This volume addresses this phenomenon through research-based investigation of ethnic and racial issues and covers topics such as health issues, networks, media, and coping. It captures key ethnicities including a growing Hispanic population, native Americans, Middle Easterners, and Asian Americans. This book explores various topics including how ethnicity is defined in communication scholarship, how Twitter has facilitated MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) cyber activism by cultivating collective indigenous identity, and media framing of Latin American players in Major League Baseball in the United States and offers online experiment and content analysis using 185 participants of different races/ethnicities to examine bonding capital in coping and seeking support.

    Ethnicities: Media, Health, and Coping will be a key resource for scholars and researchers of communication studies, race and ethnic studies, media and cultural studies, and sociology, while also appealing to anyone interested in the research-based investigation of the communicative aspects of ethnic and racial issues. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Howard Journal of Communications.

    Introduction: Globalization? The Challenge of Ethnicities Remain

    Chuka Onwumechili


    1. Definitions of Ethnicity in Communication Scholarship: A New Perspective

    Nurhayat Bilge, Maria Ines Marino, and Lynne M. Webb

    2. “Folks Don’t Understand What It’s Like to Be a Native Woman”: Framing Trauma via #MMIW

    Sarah M. Parsloe and Rashaunna C. Campbell


    3. Dropping in, Helping Out: Social Support and Weak Ties on Traditional Medicine Social Networking Sites

    Dang Nguyen

    4. Hablamos Inglés: Media Portrayals of English-Proficient Latin American MLB Players

    Patrick C. Gentile and Nicholas R. Buzzelli

    5. A Decomposition of Socially Constructed Image of Omani Female Professionals: Multidimensional Tension Embedded

    Victoria Dauletova, Ibtisam Al Wahaibi, Adil S. Al Busaidi, and Dalal Al Khatri

    6. Asian Americans’ Communicative Responses to COVID-19 Discrimination in Application of Co-Cultural Theory

    Jungmi Jun, Bongki Woo, Joon K. Kim, Paul D. Kim, and Nanlan Zhang

    7. Coping with Racial Discrimination with Collective Power: How Does Bonding and Bridging Social Capital Help Online and Offline?

    Fan Yang and Lisa K. Hanasono


    Chuka Onwumechili is Professor of Communications at Howard University, Washington D.C., USA, and Editor-In-Chief of the Howard Journal of Communications (since 2015). He authored/co-edited more than 12 books and numerous academic articles. His most recent work is developing the African Cultural Theory of Communication (ACToC).