“Readers will find Dennis K. Mumby's collection most useful for the connections it establishes between narrative analysis, in social setting and postmodern light…. What is important about this book is the range of projects presented using narrative to examine issues of power and control.” --Discourse and Society What is the relationship between narrative, society, and the forms of control that function in society? This critical analysis examines the role of narrative in the creation of various social realities in a variety of communication contexts. The central theme of Narrative and Social Control is that narrative is a pervasive form of human communication that is integral to the production and shaping of social order. Each chapter provides both a theoretical framework and an examination of narratives in a range of communication contexts--interpersonal, small group, organizational, and mass mediated--illustrating the far-reaching impact of narrative on our lives and social organizations. This critical perspective is essential reading for scholars, students, and professionals in communication studies, organization studies, family studies, cultural studies, sociology, political science, peace studies, anthropology, philosophy, and gender studies.

The Narcissistic Reflection of Communicative Power: Delusions of Progress Against Organizational Discrimination

The Narcissistic Reflection of Communicative Power: Delusions of Progress Against Organizational Discrimination

The narcissistic reflection of communicative power: Delusions of progress against organizational discrimination
W. MarcPorter and Isaac E.Catt

Against the promise of human equality there have been increasing reports of racism, sexism, and heterosexism on college campuses (see, e.g., Bernstein, 1990; Boyer, 1990; Clay, 1989; Gibbs, 1990; Magner, 1990; Toch & Davis, 1990; Wiener, 1990). Curiously, though “education” has become a panacea for resolving multicultural differences, educational institutions have become the battleground for rising concerns over racial tension. Diversity has become the most recent buzzword used to signify the complexities of people needed to build and sustain a healthy community. Though it is more often understood to mean “multicultural” (e.g., ethnic and racial) differences, diversity is ...

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