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New Media and Intercultural Communication

Identity, Community and Politics


Pauline Hope Cheong, Judith N. Martin and Leah Macfadyen

There is increasing awareness of the development of newer «smart» and more interactive media, at precipitate speed, in many parts of the world. The concept of change-as opposed to continuity-is central to the increasing interest in digital media. However, this focus has not yet been matched by substantive theoretical discussions, or by extensive empirical examinations of computer-mediated communication and intercultural communication. Against such a backdrop, this volume offers theoretical insights, fresh evidence and rich applications as it assesses the nature of digital culture(s) in order to address assumptions about the present state of mediated global society(ies) and their future trajectory. Chapters explore what happens in praxis when digital media are implemented across cultures and are contested and negotiated within complex local and political conditions. The book showcases interpretative and critical research from voices with diverse backgrounds, from locations around the world. As such, this volume presents a rich and colorful tapestry that provides opportunities for comparative analyses and deepened international understandings of digital media connections, particularly in the areas of identity, community and politics.
Contents: Pauline Hope Cheong/Judith N. Martin/Leah P. Macfadyen: Introduction: Mediated Intercultural Communication Matters: Understanding New Media, Dialectics, and Social Change – Maja van der Velden: Designing for Culture: An Ecological Perspective on Indigenous Knowledge and Database Design – Beth Bonniwell Haslett: A Structurational Interaction Approach to Investigating Culture, Identity, and Mediated Communication – Bolanle A. Olaniran: Exploring Cultural Challenges in E-Learning – Kirk St.Amant: Culture, Context, and Cyberspace: Rethinking Identity and Credibility in International Virtual Teams – Natalia Rybas: Section Two: Constructing Identities 6. Producing the Self at the Digital Interface – Ping Yang: Who Am I in Virtual Space? A Dialectical Approach to Students’ Online Identity Expression – Guo-Ming Chen/Xiaodong Dai: New Media and Asymmetry in Cultural Identity Negotiation – Debbie Rodan/Lynsey Uridge/Lelia Green: Negotiating a New Identity Online and Off-Line: The HeartNET Experience – Wei Sun/Andrew Jared Critchfield: Inoculating against Invisibility: The Friendly Circle of Cancer Patients’ Chinese Blog – Joonseong Lee: Rite of Death as a Popular Commodity: Neoliberalism, Media, and New Korean Funeral Culture – Gado Alzouma: Far Away from Home… With a Mobile Phone! Reconnecting and Regenerating the Extended Family in Africa – Robert Shuter: When Indian Women Text Message: Culture, Identity, and Emerging Interpersonal Norms of New Media – Azi Lev-On/Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar: To Browse or Not to Browse: Perceptions of the Danger of the Internet by Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Women – Carla Ganito/Cátia Ferreira: From the Coffee Table Album to the Mobile Phone: A Portuguese Case Study – Konrad Ng: Asian American New Media Communication as Cultural Engagement: E-mail, Vlog/Blogs, Mobile Applications, Social Networks, and YouTube – Nickesia Gordon/Kristin Sorensen: Jamaica and Chile Online: Accessing and Using the Internet in a Developing World Context – Irina Privalova: Cultural Peculiarities of Russian Audience Participation in Political Discourse in the Era of New Technologies – Herbert Hrachovec: The Vienna Unibrennt Platform: Hidden Pitfalls of the Social Web.