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.

The Worlding of Possibilities in a Collaborative Art Studio: Organizing Embodied Differences with Aesthetic and Dialogic Sensibilities

The worlding of possibilities in a collaborative art studio: Organizing embodied differences with aesthetic and dialogic sensibilities
Lynn M.Harter and William K.Rawlins

The 2000 United States Census estimated that 49.7 million Americans over the age of five live with a disability (Waldrop & Stern, 2003). The experience of disability emerges in part from living in a body that becomes a site of struggle over the meaning of difference. People with disabilities often fall short when measured with the yardsticks of “normalcy,” and they are responded to as body-objects as they enter an array of institutions and are inscribed by their medical, legal, and normalizing discourses (see Foucault, 1973/1994). Not surprisingly, ...

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