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Intercultural Communication

Ed. by Chen, Ling

Series:Handbooks of Communication Science [HoCS] 9

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18. Interethnic communication: An interdisciplinary overview

Kim, Young Yun


Issues pertaining to ethnicity and interethnic relations have been investigated extensively and continuously since the early 20th century. This chapter presents a synoptic overview of the extant literature to identify the core theoretical and research activities across social science disciplines, so as to provide a conceptual map of the broad and complex domain of interethnic communication as an interdisciplinary field of study. Focusing on the everyday associative and dissociative communication behaviors at the grassroots level, the author employs the multidimensional and multifaceted model in Kim’s (2005, 2009) Contextual Theory of Interethnic Communication as the organizing framework for the present overview. A wide range of salient issues, concepts, theories, and related research findings across disciplinary lines of inquiry are examined according to the eight key factors of the three contextual layers identified in Kim’s model as influencing interethnic communication behavior: 1. the communicator (identity inclusivity/exclusivity and identity security/insecurity); 2. the situation (ethnic proximity/distance, shared/ separate goal structure, and personal network integration); and 3. the environment (institutional equity/inequity, relative ingroup strength, and environmental stress). The chapter ends with a call for a greater emphasis in future studies on linking interethnic behavior and contextual factors and on integrating normative theorytesting research and descriptive-interpretive research.

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Young Yun Kim (2017). 18. Interethnic communication: An interdisciplinary overview. In Ling Chen (Editor), Intercultural Communication (pp. 389–414). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9781501500060-018

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9781501500060

Online ISBN: 9781501500060

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