An Afro-American Perspective On Interethnic Communication

Michael L. Hecht, Janet Alberts, Sidney Ribeau

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This paper reports the results of four studies examining how Afro-Americans perceive interethnic communication with whites. Using an interpretive, cultural perspective, Afro-American descriptions of satisfying and dissatisfying conversations were obtained through open-ended questionnaires and interviews. Qualitative and quantitative analyses identified 7 issues Afro-Americans perceive as salient to their interethnic communication satisfaction: negative stereotyping, acceptance, expressiveness, authenticity, understanding, goal attainment, and powerlessness. This analysis also identified 5 conversational improvement strategies (assertiveness, open-mindedness, avoidance, interaction management, other-orientation) Afro- Americans believe that they or their conversational partner can use to improve the quality of communication. These issues and improvement strategies are taken to reflect an implicit, Afro-American theory of communication which is independent of age, sex, family income, geography, and ethnic identity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-410
Number of pages26
JournalCommunication Monographs
Volume56
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1989

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An Afro-American Perspective On Interethnic Communication. / Hecht, Michael L.; Alberts, Janet; Ribeau, Sidney.

In: Communication Monographs, Vol. 56, No. 4, 01.12.1989, p. 385-410.

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Hecht, Michael L. ; Alberts, Janet ; Ribeau, Sidney. / An Afro-American Perspective On Interethnic Communication. In: Communication Monographs. 1989 ; Vol. 56, No. 4. pp. 385-410.
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