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Public Talk That Aims to Listen to Difference

in Talking about Race

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780226869063
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226869087 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226869087.003.0003
Public Talk That Aims to Listen to Difference

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This chapter describes civic intergroup dialogues in relation to deliberation, or decision-making public talk, to set the stage for the subsequent analyses of how these programs come into being and what actually takes place within them. Using interviews with race dialogue practitioners and program promotional materials, the chapter identifies the traits that should lead us to expect that civic dialogue listens to difference more than other forms of civic deliberation, and yet it may nevertheless focus on unity. The basic distinction between civic deliberation and civic dialogue is that deliberation is focused on weighing options to produce a decision, while dialogue is about increasing understanding among people. Since dialogue is not generated for the purposes of decision-making, one should expect it to have a qualitatively different character.

Keywords: intergroup dialogues; civic deliberation; public talk; interviews; civic dialogue; unity; race

Chapter.  5729 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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