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.

Intersecting Differences: Organizing [Ourselves] for Social Justice Research with People in Vulnerable Communities

Intersecting differences: Organizing [ourselves] for social justice research with people in vulnerable communities
Patricia S.Parker, ElisaOceguera, and JoaquínSánchez, Jr.

The focus of this chapter has evolved somewhat from our original intent. In the beginning, we wanted to produce a poly-vocal, multilayered account of our research praxis and community organizing with young women of color and other activists in and near two public housing neighborhoods, Regal Gardens and University Heights1, located in the southeastern United States. We were (and still are) sure that our ongoing project serves as a prime case of how differences emerging from historically and politically produced social locations operate as a communicative apparatus for enacting collective leadership and transformative change. Also, ...

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