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.
Chapter 11: Problematizing Political Economy Differences and Their Respective Work-Life Policy Constructions
Problematizing Political Economy Differences and Their Respective Work-Life Policy Constructions
Organizational communication scholars have used different lenses to understand workers' everyday experiences, organizational cultures and structures, and organizing globally with particular attention to social change and applied scholarship (e.g., Frey & Cissna, 2009; Papa, Singhal, & Papa, 2006). Of these lenses, discourses of difference including gender, class, race, institutional, and their intersections have been most prominent (e.g., Ashcraft & Allen, 2003; Ashcraft & Mumby, 2004; Buzzanell, 1994; Buzzanell, Meisenbach, Remke, Sterk, & Turner, 2009; Nicotera, Clinkscales, Dorsey, & Niles, 2009). These lenses reflect, underlie, and guide work-life theories, policies, and practices (see Kirby, Golden, Medved, Jorgenson, & Buzzanell, 2003; Kirby & ...