Ideology Complexity Model: Towards the soul-searching communication

Haibin Dong (1)
(1) Department of Communication & Journalism, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA, United States


In communication studies, ideology seems only legitimate in the critical perspective and discussed in a contested manner. However, ideology as an important and unavoidable dimension of cultural identity has profound influences on communication at all levels and in all contexts. The present study is an attempt to theorize about the ideological issues of intercultural communication in Ideology Complexity Model (ICM) based on the current research of cultural identity implied by a metaphorical model---Caltrop Matrix of Identity (CMI). Based on the brief application of a case of ideological conflict in a real-life intercultural setting, I discussed about the theoretical and practical implications of ideological considerations in intercultural communication scholarship.

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Haibin Dong, Department of Communication & Journalism, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA

Haibin Dong is a PhD candidate with concentration on intercultural communication in the Department of Communication and Journalism of University of New Mexico. His research interests include the complexity of cultural identity, the aesthetics of intercultural communication, rhetorical criticism of cultural symbolisms, and theory of artistic production from a cultural/intercultural perspective. This paper was revised from the original version, which has been accepted by the annual conference of National Communication Association (NCA International/Intercultural Communication Division) held in Chicago, IL, USA 2007.

Dong, H. (2008). Ideology Complexity Model: Towards the soul-searching communication. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 8(3), 1–14.

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