Migration, Mobility and Sojourning in Cross-cultural Films

Migration, Mobility and Sojourning in Cross-cultural Films

By Ishani Mukherjee and Maggie Griffith Williams

Global movements and intercultural communication are oft-explored themes in popular cinema from Hollywood and beyond. The authors pay homage to this cinematic trend by locating international films within key themes that tie into global movements, their complexities, and implications. While some films focus on migrants’ experiences of culture shock, cultural assimilation, and/or integration, other cinematic texts focus on cultural identities that are in transition within contexts of social mobility and movements. Other films explore the short-term intercultural impact that sojourners experience in unfamiliar cultural spaces and in different social positions.

Each chapter explores how intercultural communication functions in the film’s storytelling and in the movement or stasis of the characters’ relationships. In the process, the authors cut up and critique these cross-cultural media for how they inform audiences about real-life movements and intercultural experiences. 


Chapter 1. Introduction
Part I. Migration: Globalization, Cultural Adaptation and Value Orientation
Chapter 2. The African Doctor: Migration, Medicine, and Racialization in a French Village
Chapter 3. A Better Life: Immigration Industrial Complex, Conflict Styles and Facework in a Mexican-American Family
Part II. Movements: Colonialism, Post-colonialism and Conflict
Chapter 4. Rabbit Proof Fence: Kidnapping, Colonization, and Segregation of Australian Aboriginals
Chapter 5. A Borrowed Identity: Religious and Ethnic Relationships in an Israeli High School
Part III. Sojourning: Non/Verbal Communication, Cultural Dimensions, and Intercultural Barriers
Chapter 6. Outsourced: Holi, Kali, and Capitalism in an Indo-American Call Center
Chapter 7. Front Cover: Fashion and Fluid Sexualities in an Intra-Asian Relationship
Chapter 8. Afterword
About the Authors

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Ishani Mukherjee is clinical assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, and member of IAMCR.

Maggie Griffith Williams is lecturer at Northeastern University and visiting scholar at Fordham University, USA, and member of IAMCR.

The above text is from the publisher’s description of the book:

Title: Migration, Mobility and Sojourning in Cross-cultural Films: Interculturing Cinema
Authors: Ishani Mukherjee and Maggie Griffith Williams
Published: 2020
Pages: 174
Publisher: Lexington Books

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