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

by Dennis K Mumby SAGE Publications, Inc
Pub Date:
07/2010
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Pbk 328 pages
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Given the increasingly diverse terrain of 21st century organisational life, researchers and students are exploring theoretical frameworks and analytic tools that attempt to understand organising processes in all of their richness and complexity. As such, there is widespread recognition of the need to examine organisations as constructed through, and repositories of, difference; that is, as complex intersections of discourses of gender, race, class, sexuality, and other markers of difference. In this sense, organisations are one of the principal sites where differences that make a difference (Bateson) are produced and reproduced. Communication is not something that simply occurs in organisations; rather, organising processes are constituted and made meaningful by the mundane communication practices of its members. The purpose of Organising Difference, then, is to examine difference as a communicative phenomenon. The differences that make a difference are social and material constructions that can be productively understood by examining them as communicatively accomplished. All of the scholars in this volume explore difference from a variety of perspectives, each of which examines systematically the relationships among communication, organising, and difference.

KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS:
Organising Difference explores the relationships among communication, organising, and difference through three foci: (1) Research, (2) Pedagogy, and (3) Practice.
In Section I-Researching Difference, organisational communication scholars explore a number of ways in which difference can be critically examined as a communicative phenomenon, with the goal being to demonstrate the importance of difference as a construct sensitising device through which the complexities of organisational communication processes can be examined and better understood.
In Section II-Teaching Difference, chapters move beyond teaching diversity in the workplace and instead explore how students can learn to appreciate difference as an endemic feature of work environments as well as organising processes writ large.
In Section III-Practicing Difference, chapters explore difference not simply in terms of workplace diversity initiatives, but examine it more broadly as a communicative mechanism through which organizations enable some possibilities and exclude others.
Contributors represent a Who's Who of both established and emerging scholars in this area, including Stan Deetz, Linda Putnam, Gail Fairhurst, Brenda Allen, Patrice Buzzanell, Karen Ashcraft, Sarah Dempsey, Erika Kirby, Lynn Harter, and William Rawlins.

Organizing Difference: An Introduction - Dennis K. Mumby I. Theorizing Difference and Organization 1. Knowing Work through the Communication of Difference: A Revised Agenda for Difference Studies - Karen Lee Ashcraft 2. Intersecting Difference: A Dialecti

Dennis K. Mumby (Ph.D. and M.S., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale; B.A., Sheffield Hallam University [UK]) has research interests focusing on critical and postmodern approaches to the connections among power, discourse, gender, and identity in organizational settings. Prior to joining UNC in 2002, he’s held positions at Purdue University, Arizona State University, Rutgers University, and St. Cloud State University. He is widely published in journals and books (many with SAGE) is currently under contract with SAGE to co-edit a book on organizational communication theories. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his teaching and his research from both universities and professional academic associations.

(Ph.D. and M.S., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale; B.A., Sheffield Hallam University [UK]) has research interests focusing on critical and postmodern approaches to the connections among power, discourse, gender, and identity in organizational settings. Prior to joining UNC in 2002, he’s held positions at Purdue University, Arizona State University, Rutgers University, and St. Cloud State University. He is widely published in journals and books (many with SAGE) is currently under contract with SAGE to co-edit a book on organizational communication theories He is the recipient of numerous awards for his teaching and his research from both universities and professional academic associations.