Preventing Another 9/11 Through Religious Pluralism

Today, the 16th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the United States (U.S.), is a fitting day to discuss Eboo Patel's Acts of Faith. Could the attacks have been prevented? Of course. While it could be argued better intelligence and domestic security measures could have prevented them, it would be unrealistic to expect a … Continue reading Preventing Another 9/11 Through Religious Pluralism

Intercultural Communication Competence in Healthcare

Earlier this summer, I discussed three different areas of communication in health contexts. Today I focus specifically on intercultural communication in health contexts between medical staff and their patients. This issue is close to my heart because I've interpreted for family and friends of family when they've had medical needs. For instance, I remember a few occasions … Continue reading Intercultural Communication Competence in Healthcare

Buses as Public Spheres

A few years ago professor Renee Human rode the bus in Lexington, KY and spent one year analyzing her experience from a critical lens. She found a few patterns in how people who rode the bus communicated. Human (2008) asks two research questions during her experiment, the second question partly has to do with personal maps. Citing Benjamin … Continue reading Buses as Public Spheres

Self-categorization Theory

Henri Tajfel passed away in 1982, but work on the social identity approach to intergroup/intercultural communication was just heating up, so the late John Turner (Tajfel's student and colleague) continued the work with others-they attempted to explain how certain social identities (as explained by Social Identity Theory) are cognitively activated within people's brains, and their answer to this question … Continue reading Self-categorization Theory

Anxiety/Uncertainty Management Theory

Anxiety/Uncertainty Management Theory (AUM) was originally proposed by the late William Gudykunst as an extension of the Uncertainty Reduction Theory (URT), which predicted when strangers meet for the first time they seek to reduce uncertainties they have about each other so that they can more easily predict each other's behaviors, thus helping with their communicative interactions … Continue reading Anxiety/Uncertainty Management Theory