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Global Dialectics in Intercultural Communication

Case Studies


Edited By Jolanta A. Drzewiecka and Thomas K. Nakayama

This book is an edited collection of case studies of contemporary issues in culture and communication around the world. Framed around a dialectical approach to intercultural communication, this collection offers a useful framework for thinking about contemporary research in this area. It offers in-depth cultural information about a broad range of specific cases in different places around the world. It is an ideal book to use in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in culture and communication, global communication and intercultural communication courses. Scholars interested in contemporary work in intercultural communication will find this collection essential in mapping the state of the art in this area.


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Environmental and Social Justice


c h a p t e r e l e v e n Environmental Nonprofit Organizations and Networked Publics: Case Studies of Water Sustainability rahul mitra, wayne state university, detroit, mi, usa Globalization has heralded the emergence of “networked publics”—stakehold- ers who span both local geographies and global media spaces—that large non- profit organizations (NPOs) and for-profit corporations alike must pay heed to in order to be successful (Boyd, 2011; Ito, 2008; Pal & Dutta, 2008a; Sedereviciute & Valentinia, 2011; Waters, Burnett, Lamm, & Lucas, 2009). Such stakeholder networks, connecting the local and global, are crucial for organizations centered on environmental sustainability, given that issues of climate change, resource con- versation, and pollution (among others) are far-reaching in impact and scope. Environmental NPOs must build and sustain global structures, connections, and processes, but they also need to seek out and work with entities in particular local- ities for different projects (Hopke, 2016; Mitra, 2013; Sun, DeLuca, & Seegert, 2015). This chapter thus draws on two case studies to examine how environmental NPOs negotiate complex local/global flows critical to their work. Specifically, I compare the global/local outreach, deliberation, and mobiliza- tion efforts of two environmental NPOs based in the U.S., and focused on water sustainability. Case 1 is the North American arm of a multistakeholder initiative 246 | rahul mitra concerned with establishing norms and guidelines for global water stewardship (“Aqua”); case 2 is a well-connected watershed use and water technology nonprofit (“WaterNet”), located in the Great Lakes region. By selecting NPOs concerned with...

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