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Reframing Difference in Organizational Communication Studies

Reframing Difference in Organizational Communication Studies
Research, Pedagogy, and Practice

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July 2010 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The first text to systematically examine difference as a defining feature of organizational life  

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.

Dennis K. Mumby
Organizing Difference: An Introduction
I. Theorizing Difference and Organization
Karen Lee Ashcraft
1. Knowing Work through the Communication of Difference: A Revised Agenda for Difference Studies
Linda Putnam, Jody Jahn, Jane Baker
2. Intersecting Difference: A Dialectical Perspective
Sarah Dempsey
3. Theorizing Difference from Transnational Feminisms
Gail Fairhurst, Marthe L. Church, Danielle E. Hagan, and Joseph T. Levi
4. Leadership Discourses of Difference: Executive Coaching and the Alpha Male Syndrome
II. Teaching Difference and Organizing
Brenda J. Allen
5. Critical Communication Pedagogy as a Framework for Teaching Difference and Organizing
Erika Kirby
6. But Society is Beyond ___ism” (?): Teaching how Differences are “Organized” via Institutional Privilege <-->Oppression
Jennifer Mease
7. Teaching Difference as Institutional and Making it Personal: Moving Among Personal, Interpersonal, and Institutional Constructions of Difference
Shiv Ganesh
8. Difference and cultural identities in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Pedagogical, theoretical and pragmatic implications of the Josie Bullock case
III. Applying Difference to Organizational Change
John McLellan, Stephen Williams, and Stanley Deetz
9. Different Ways of Talking about Intervention Goals
Patricia S. Parker, Elisa Oceguera, and Joaquín Sánchez, Jr.
10. Intersecting Differences: Organizing [Ourselves] for Social Justice Research with People in Vulnerable Communities
Patrice M. Buzzanell, Rebecca L. Dohrman, and Suzy D'Enbeau
11. Problematizing Political Economy Differences and their Respective Work-Life Policy Constructions
Lynn M. Harter and William K. Rawlins
12. The Worlding of Possibilities in a Collaborative Art Studio: Organizing Embodied Differences with Aesthetic and Dialogic Sensibilities
Key features
  • The book examines the relationship between difference and organization from three perspectives: research, pedagogy, and practice  
  • The text explores the connection between difference and organization communicatively, examining how difference is both the mechanism through which meanings and identities are organized and also the product of everyday organizing
  • The authors of the 12 essays constitute a Who's Who of established and emerging scholars in this area, including Brenda Allen, Karen Ashcraft, Patrice Buzzanell, Stanley Deetz, Sarah Dempsey, Gail Fairhurst, Lynn Harter, Erika Kirby, Linda Putnam, and William Rawlins