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Race(ing) Intercultural Communication

Racial Logics in a Colorblind Era, 1st Edition

Edited by Dreama G. Moon, Michelle A. Holling


192 pages

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Race(ing) Intercultural Communication signals a crucial intervention in the field, as well as in wider society, where social and political events are calling for new ways of making sense of race in the 21st century. Contributors to this book work at multiple intersections, theoretically and methodologically, in order to highlight relational (im)possibilities for intercultural communication. Chapters underscore the continuing importance of studying race, and the diverse mechanisms that maintain racial logics both in the U. S. and globally. In the so-called ‘post-racial’ era in which we live, not only are disrupting notions of colour-blindness crucially important, but so too are imagining new ways of thinking through racial matters.

Ranging from discussions of new media, popular culture, and political discourse, to resistance literature, gay culture, and academia, contributors produce incisive analyses of the operations of race and white domination, including the myriad ways in which these discourses are reproduced and disrupted. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication.

Table of Contents

Introduction - A Politic of Disruption: Race(ing) Intercultural Communication Dreama G. Moon and Michelle A. Holling

1. The Rhetorics of Racial Power: Enforcing Colorblindness in Post-Apartheid Scholarship on Race Marzia Milazzo

2. Queer Intercultural Relationality: An Autoethnography of Asian-Black (Dis)Connections in White Gay America Shinsuke Eguchi

3. The Construction of Brownness: Latino/a and South Asian Bloggers’ Responses to SB 1070 Anjana Mudambi

4. Resisting Whiteness: Mexican American Studies and Rhetorical Struggles for Visibility Chad M. Nelson

5. Our Foreign President Barack Obama: The Racial Logics of Birther Discourses Vincent N. Pham

6. New Media, Old Racisms: Twitter, Miss America, and Cultural Logics of Race J. David Cisneros and Thomas K. Nakayama

7. (Net)roots of Belonging: Contemporary Discourses of (In)valuability and Post-Racial Citizenship in the United States Megan Elizabeth Morrissey

8. Problematic Representations of Strategic Whiteness and "Post-racial" Pedagogy: A Critical Intercultural Reading of "The Help" Rachel Alicia Griffin

9. "My Family Isn’t Racist-However….": Multiracial/Multicultural Obama-ism as an Ideological Barrier to Teaching Intercultural Communication Yea-Wen Chen, Nathaniel Simmons & Dongjing Kang

Conclusion - Continuing a Politic of Disruption: Race(ing) Intercultural Communication Michelle A. Holling and Dreama G. Moon

About the Editors

Dreama G. Moon is a professor in the Communication Department at California State University, San Marcos, California, USA. Within a human rights framework, she studies the varied communicative processes by which relations of domination are constructed, negotiated, reproduced, and resisted, with special attention to race and white supremacy.

Michelle A. Holling is an associate professor in the Communication Department at California State University, San Marcos, California, USA. From a critical rhetorical lens, she advances the study of Chican@ rhetoric, and examines the ways that racial-ethnic individuals rhetorically challenge reigning ideologies, systems, or representations that contribute to their continued marginalization.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies