Title

"Bridging the Gap": Difference, Dialogue, and Community Organizing

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Keywords

Difference, Race, Dialogue, Diversity, Social Change, Organizing

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to understand a citywide initiative to increase diversity and inclusion in a predominantly white US city with a tragic racial history. This research reveals prevailing struggles with communicating about diversity and race and taking meaningful actions to promote social change. Using theories of difference and dialogue, we analyze in-depth, qualitative fieldwork with three voluntary organizations: The Chamber of Commerce; The Network; and Minorities in Business. Our work answers calls to center race and embodied differences and extends theorizing on dialogic sensibilities. The findings reveal that difference organizes dialogue through: (1) the ongoing construction of context; (2) the mobilizing of social change efforts; and (3) the intermingling of economic and racial justice discourses. Ultimately, we hope this work encourages further conversation about difference, race, and engaged scholarship.

Recommended Citation

Norander, Stephanie, and Gloria Galanes. "œBridging the Gap": Difference, Dialogue, and Community Organizing." Journal of Applied Communication Research 42, no. 4 (2014): 345-365."

DOI for the article

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00909882.2014.911939

Department

Communication

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