The (randomly) selected focus publication for October 2018 is:
Giles, M., Pines, R., Giles, H., & Gardikiotis, A. (2018). Toward a communication model of intergroup interdependence. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 26, 122-130.
This article seeks to expand the theoretical base of intergroup communication by proposing a new model of interdependence. As a backdrop toward this end, historical and contemporary uses of the concept of interdependence are briefly reviewed across a range of different disciplines and research fields. Defining interdependence in terms of the embedded nature of groups, the foundations of a new communicative model of intergroup interdependence are introduced. Four propositions articulate how intergroup independence is associated with a variety of communicative outcomes. These outcomes include those relating to language attitudes, communication accommodations, and linguistic biases, together with the moderating conditions shaping the extent of these behavioral consequences. Finally, a diverse array of research questions that could fruitfully guide the future development of the model are suggested.
This article appeared in a Special Issue on Intergroup Communication edited by Howard Giles and Antonis Gardikiotis in the Atlantic Journal of Communication, which featured work presented at the 1st International Symposium on Intergroup Communication that took place in Thessaloniki, Greece in June 2017.