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The Ethics of Intercultural Communication


Edited By Bo Shan and Clifford Christians

The revolution in media technologies and the political upheavals intertwined with them demand a new media ethics. Given the power of global media corporations and the high-speed electronics of media technologies worldwide, more and more people are either brought together through dialogue and communication technologies or assimilated by them into a dominant culture. In cultural conflict all over the world, people tend to emphasize absolute differences when they express themselves, and under conditions of censorship and oppression citizens are increasingly prone to violence. To take seriously dramatic technological changes in a complicated world of cultural diversity, media ethics does not simply need to be updated but moved forward in a new intercultural direction. The Ethics of Intercultural Communication presents a futuristic model for doing so.
Focusing on Oriental and Western cultures, the book’s key case studies are China, North America, and Europe, where intercultural issues are relevant to an increasingly borderless world. Chapters focusing on a single nation or culture analyze findings from a cross-cultural perspective. Comparative studies appeal to transnational theories and norms.
Multi-ethnic voices in any community are increasingly understood as essential for a healthy society, and the media’s ability to represent these voices well is an important arena for professional development and for enriching media codes of ethics. The news media are responsible for mapping the profound changes taking place and this book teaches us how.


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Valerie Alia is Professor Emerita and a playwright living in Toronto, Canada. She was Distinguished Professor of Canadian Culture at Western Washington University, Running Stream Professor of Ethics and Identity at Leeds Metropolitan University, and a research associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University. Her books include The New Media Nation: Indigenous Peoples and Global Communication and Media Ethics and Social Change. David E. Boeyink is an Associate Professor (retired), Indiana University School of Journalism. Boeyink’s research focuses on how journalists make decisions on controversial cases in the newsroom. He co-authored Making Hard Choices in Journalism Ethics (2010) with Sandra Borden. Sandra L. Borden, Professor, School of Communication, co-directs Western Michigan University’s Center for the Study of Ethics in Society. Her 2007 book, Journalism as Practice: MacIntyre, Virtue Ethics and the Press, won the Clifford G. Christians Ethics Research Award and the National Commu- nication Association’s top book award in applied ethics. Clifford Christians (Ph.D., Litt.D., D.H.L.) is Research Professor of Communications, Professor of Journalism, and Professor of Media Studies Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he was Director of the Institute of Communications Research and Head of the Ph.D. in Communications for 16 years. His recent publications as 376 | contributors co-author include Ethics for Public Communication, Normative Theories of the Media, and Communication Theories in a Multicultural World. Romayne Smith Fullerton, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the Univer- sity of Western Ontario, Canada. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research interests and publications...

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