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