Communication and Culture | Seminar in Cross-Cultural Communication (Topic: Barbed Wire Enclosed Spaces and Places: Immigration, Ethnic Conflict and Globalization)
C727 | 14622 | C. Calloway-Thomas
CMCL-C 727: Seminar in Cross-Cultural Communication
(Topic: Barbed Wire Enclosed Spaces and Places: Immigration, Ethnic
Conflict and Globalization)
Class Number: 14622
M, 11:30 AM-2:00 PM, MJ 124
Meets with AAAD-A 590
Open to Graduates Only!
Instructor: C. Calloway-Thomas
Office: Mottier Hall 219
In her captivating book, World on Fire, Amy Chua tells a riveting
story about the death of her Aunt Leona, a Chinese Filipino who was
killed by her chauffeur, Nilo Abique. The motive given for the
murder was “revenge.” Chua writes, “My aunt’s killing was just a
pinprick in a world more violent than most of us ever imagined.”
The value of Chua’s story lies not necessarily in the violence that
occurred as a result of the killing of her Aunt Leona. Rather, the
story signifies a resurgence of ethnic conflict throughout the world.
This seminar explores the nature, sources and effects of racial and
ethnic conflict within the context of globalization. The course
also examines how values, immigration, ethnonationalism, human
capital and free market democracy fuel ethnic hatred worldwide.
Together, these sobering forces raise the following questions: Do
global markets worsen ethnic conflict in developing nations? What
role do “market-dominant” minorities play in unleashing suppressed
ethnic hatred in Indonesia and other places? And to what extent do
differences in sets of skills, knowledge, and other forms of “human
capital” foster conflict among ethnic groups? The key issue is
whether communication can substitute for ethnic conflict and hatred
in creating cultural change. What should an intercultural agenda for
change be and do? We will focus on ethnic conflicts in Rwanda,
Indonesia and the Middle East. Ethnic conflicts in other places
(e.g., the former Yugoslavia) will also be highlighted. The
writings off such scholars as J. Bhagwati, I. Berlin, L. Coser, J.
Diamond, P. Gourevitch, P. Gilroy, S. I. Griffiths, U. Hannerz, F.
Fukuyama, S. Huntington, A. Hourani, D. Landes, B. Lewis, O.
Patterson, M. Nussbaum, E. Said, and T. Sowell will be used to
understand and explain the origins and workings of ethnic conflict
against the backdrop of globalization.
Finally, we will wrestle with intercultural communication strategies
and solutions that might offer ways out of barbed wire enclosed
spaces and places.