Bringing together prominent scholars in the field of organizational communication to examine the relationship between difference and organizing, this book explores the concept in a comprehensive and systematic way. Part I explores numerous ways in which difference can be critically examined as a communicative phenomenon; Part II addresses how best to teach difference, including pragmatic recommendations for explaining the topic and making it relevant to students’ lives; and Part III broadly examines difference as a central construct in applied organizational communication research. Ultimately, the book serves to carve out a new agenda for studies of difference and organization, and it challenges instructors and students alike to think about and explore difference in a more complex and productive manner.

Knowing Work Through the Communication of Difference: A Revised Agenda for Difference Studies

Knowing work through the communication of difference: A revised agenda for difference studies
Karen LeeAshcraft

Like many critical theorists of organization, scholars of difference seek to illuminate and revise institutionalized relations of power. They recognize identity as political and central to the configuration and experience of power relations in contemporary organizational life. The distinctive turf of difference research is demarcated by its claim that, however idiosyncratic identity may appear in certain circumstances, it revolves in large part around key cultural formations of difference-sameness, such as gender, race, and class. While this chapter assumes that basic understanding of scope, it aims to establish grounds for a major shift in the current research agenda.

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