Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity / Edition 2

Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity / Edition 2

by Brenda J. Allen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1577666739

ISBN-13: 9781577666738

Pub. Date: 08/31/2010

Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.

Aimed at students of organizational communications, this text separates the concept of socially constructed identity from its theoretical underpinnings to discuss communications between different categories of identity. Allen (U. of Colorado, Denver) takes categories of difference (gender, race, class, sexuality, age and ability) in turn to remind her students that

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Aimed at students of organizational communications, this text separates the concept of socially constructed identity from its theoretical underpinnings to discuss communications between different categories of identity. Allen (U. of Colorado, Denver) takes categories of difference (gender, race, class, sexuality, age and ability) in turn to remind her students that each "matters," despite the traditions of prejudice. Each chapter includes questions for reflection. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781577666738
Publisher:
Waveland Press, Inc.
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
317,849
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1Difference and Other Important Matters1
Difference Matters4
Communicating Social Identity10
Organizations15
About Me16
Overview of the Book18
Reflection Matters20
2Power Matters23
Conceptions of Power25
Control in Organizations29
Communicating Power33
Conclusion37
Reflection Matters38
3Gender Matters39
What Is Gender and Why Does It Matter?40
Constructing Gender in the United States41
Gender and Divisions of Labor45
Communicating Gender: The Role of Education49
Power Dynamics and Gender53
Communicating Gender in Organizations56
Conclusion62
Reflection Matters63
4Race Matters65
What Is Race?66
Why Race Matters68
Constructing Race in the United States70
Race and Labor77
Communicating Race in Organizations82
Conclusion92
Reflection Matters93
5Social Class Matters95
What Is Social Class?97
Why Social Class Matters99
Constructing Social Class in the United States101
The Myth of a Classless Society104
Social Class and Labor106
Communicating Social Class in Organizations108
Conclusion113
Reflection Matters114
6Sexuality Matters117
What Is Sexuality and Why Does It Matter?118
Constructing Sexuality in the United States120
Communicating Sexuality in Organizations130
Conclusion135
Reflection Matters136
7Ability Matters139
Why Ability Matters140
What Is Disability?143
Constructing Disability in the United States143
Interability Communication152
Interability Interactions in Organizations157
Conclusion161
Reflection Matters162
8Age Matters165
What Is Age?166
Why Age Matters167
Constructing Age in the United States170
Understanding Intergenerational Communication176
Communicating Age in Organizations179
Conclusion184
Reflection Matters185
9Communicating Social Identity187
Difference Matters187
Social Identities Are Social Constructions188
Power Matters189
Communication Rules!190
Recommendations190
Conclusion204
Reflection Matters204
Endnotes205
Index235

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