Mediating Cultures

Mediating Cultures : Parenting in Intercultural Contexts

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This book explores the communication challenges faced by parents as they raise children who are bi-cultural, multi-cultural, or are adopted from a heritage other than the parents. Each contributor views the family as a site of intercultural dialogue and mediation, and uses compelling studies throughout to examine the parents who creatively balance cultural influences within their families. Using television depictions of parents on Modern Family and All-American Muslim to the everyday activities of mixed-ethnicity and international families, Mediating Cultures reports the communication strategies employed by the parents as they strive to create affirming relationships between children and their heritages. This collection brings together two largely separate literatures of family communication and intercultural communication studies with accessible yet context-driven studies to explain how families integrate multiple cultural heritages and perspectives.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 170 pages
  • 157 x 236 x 21mm | 404g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739179543
  • 9780739179543

Table of contents

Introduction: Parenting in Intercultural Contexts, Alberto Gonzalez and Tina M. Harris
Section I: Interpersonal Settings and Intercultural Parenting
Chapter One: Digging (in) the Playground: (In)visibility of Difference in Multicultural Parenting, Natalia Rybas
Chapter Two: Cultural Ambiguity, Ethnic Identity, and the Bicultural Experience:
South Asian Indian Parents and their American-born Kids, Suchitra Shenoy and Tara A. Kulkarni
Chapter Three: The Trouble With Family Stories, Melissa Aleman and Carlos Aleman
Chapter Four: How Caucasian Parents Communicate Identity to Chinese Adopted Daughters, May H. Gao and Deanna Womack
Chapter Five: Black Parenting in The White House: The Emergence of an Intercultural Model, Kimberly Moffet
Section II: Media, Social Networks and Intercultural Parenting
Chapter Six: Islam in the Midwest: Parental Values in The Learning Channel's All American Muslim, Souhad Kahil
Chapter Seven: Googling "Latin@": Using Technology to Construct Cultural Identity in a Bicultural Family, Jennifer Willis-Rivera
Chapter Eight: Like Tiger Mother, Like Tiger Daughter: A Content Analysis of Eastern and Western Parenting Styles, Chin-Chung (Joy) Chao and Dexin Tian
Chapter Nine: We're Not Like the Cleavers Any More!: Diversity and Parenting Communication in ABC's Modern Family, Candice Thomas-Maddox and Nicole Blau
Epilogue: The Future and Multicultural Parenting
Chapter Ten: "Dogmamis cocuga don bicmek": Visions of a Multicultural Family, Ali E. Erol and Joris Gjata
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Review quote

With a few notable exceptions, cultural diversity has been overlooked and neglected in family communication literature. I am delighted to see the publication of Mediating Cultures, which focuses so clearly on filling this void. The chapters are all situated at the nexus of intercultural communication and family communication, and this is a welcome addition to the field. -- Lynn H. Turner, Marquette University Communication scholars Gonzalez (Bowling Green State Univ.) and Harris (Univ. of Georgia) make a long overdue contribution to their discipline with this collection. Covering topics from parenting in the White House to parenting in ABC's Modern Family, this thought-provoking volume examines significant contemporary intercultural and family communication issues. The ten essays coalesce to form a coherent narrative that goes from micro- (section 1) to macro-level (section 2) communication to address parenting in intercultural contexts. The collection's key contribution is to extend the discussion from a black/white racial/cultural binary to bi- and multicultural persons. Representing a wide breadth of cultural and intellectual perspectives, the contributors include both veteran scholars (e.g., Jennifer Willis-Rivera and both the editors) and emerging scholars (e.g., Natalia Rybas, Suchitra Shenoy). Of particular significance is Kimberly Moffitt's essay about the Obamas; as the first multicultural family to inhabit the White House, the Obamas are hyper-scrutinized and their actions carry weight that shapes the US's collective psyche. Such influence includes their parenting practices as a multicultural family. Missing is discussion of parenting in the Native American population, a group social sciences continues to neglect. A good resource for those interested in family and interpersonal communication, media studies, and critical cultural studies. Summing Up: Recommended. * CHOICE *
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About Alberto Gonzalez

Alberto Gonzalez is professor of media & communication at Bowling Green State University.

Tina Maria Harris is professor of Speech Communication at the University of Georgia.
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