The Community Choice to Pursue Interracial Dialogue

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:
The Community Choice to Pursue Interracial Dialogue

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There are many reasons to view intergroup dialogue programs on race as an important public good and thus as an unsurprising policy choice. The involvement of governments in public talk programs is of particular concern to scholars of deliberative democracy because of Habermasian notions of the public sphere. The government choice to foster dialogue about race is a contentious issue in and of itself. This chapter focuses on this choice by illuminating community-level choice, focusing on the characteristics that influence whether a community will provide this type of public good as well as the factors that influence who provides the good: governments or nonprofits. It discusses urban politics and examines cities which take on the particular and important issue of race through fostering intergroup dialogue. The chapter also uses theories of urban public policy to conceptualize dialogue programs on race as community strategies oriented toward different race-related goals.

Keywords: governments; nonprofits; race; intergroup dialogue; public good; public talk; urban politics; urban public policy; cities; community

Chapter.  8119 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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