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 3: Theorizing Difference from Transnational Feminisms
Theorizing Difference from Transnational Feminisms
Over ten years ago, Hegde (1998) issued a powerful call for feminist communication research to become more “transnationally responsive and politically engaged with issues of difference” (p. 271). Against the backdrop of global economic integration and fragmentation, scholars increasingly recognize that difference is an inescapable part of contemporary organizational life (Allen, 2004; Buzzanell, 2000; Ganesh, Zoller, & Cheney, 2005; Townsley, 2006). At the same time, there remains an ongoing need to situate current discussions of difference in the context of global capitalist relations and their gendered dimensions, including the lingering effects of colonialism and imperialism (Broadfoot & Munshi, 2007; Hegde, 1998; Prasad, 2003). As Stohl (2005) observed, globalization is the “widening, deepening, and speeding up ...