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ERIC Number: ED393148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Pages: 22
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Framing the Beast: Dilemmas in Intercultural Communication.
Delgado, Fernando P.
This paper focuses on the framing of intercultural communication. The paper specifically engages those issues that impinge upon intercultural communication college course offerings--the place of intercultural communication within departments and universities, the reception and expectations in an intercultural communication course, and the socio-political climate into which teachers are thrust and course content is examined. Stating that the purpose of emphasizing these issues is to carefully assess the status of and challenges to intercultural communication, the paper argues that intercultural communication remains an often denigrated intellectual area of communication studies. First the paper addresses the effects of the current debate in the academy and in government over the definition and articulation of American national and cultural identity, noting that intercultural communication instructors must perform their duties with the "culture wars" providing the environmental context. Continuing in this vein, the paper discusses the place of intercultural communication in departments of communication. The paper concludes with the results of a student survey regarding their attitudes about content, concepts, and issues in an intercultural communication class. The results indicate that communication studies majors may not be positive about the content, and perhaps the process, of intercultural communication. If students are not sufficiently convinced of the practical and moral value of communicating cross-culturally and appreciating the reality of diversity, then intercultural communications scholars may need to rethink what they are teaching and how successful it is. (Contains 14 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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