Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity

Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity

Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity

Allen's proven ability and flare for presenting complex and oftentimes sensitive topics in nonthreatening ways carry over in the latest edition of Difference Matters. Her down-to-earth analysis of six social identity categories reveals how communication establishes and enacts identity and power dynamics. She provides historical overviews to show how perceptions of gender, race, social class, sexuality, ability, and age have varied throughout time and place. Allen clearly explains pertinent theoretical perspectives and illustrates those and other discussions with real-life experiences (many of which are her own). She also offers practical guidance for how to communicate difference more humanely. While many examples are from organizational contexts, readers from a wide range of backgrounds can relate to them and appreciate their relevance. The second edition includes updated statistics, recent research, and examples from contemporary events in the United States.

Review
"There is no other text like this—it addresses the intersection of identity and power in a way no other text comes close to." --Kelsey Denton, Green River Community College

From the Publisher
Titles of related interest also available from Waveland Press: Andrews-Baird, Communication for Business and the Professions, Eighth Edition...

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