Authority and Legitimacy in 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:
Authority and Legitimacy in Dialogue

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This chapter probes how people negotiate power over the conversation in contexts of dialogue that supposedly question conventional standards of authority and legitimacy. It also asks how this process bears on the simultaneous process of negotiating consensus or disagreement. The chapter examines more closely how power works, particularly how racial identity matters for the give and take of power in these conversations. It uses observations of dialogues to analyze all conversations related to four race-related policies: the two groups in the central Wisconsin city, the group in the southern Wisconsin city, and the two groups that met in Aurora, Illinois. The chapter chooses two of the policies, affirmative action and reparations for slavery, as well as the other two policies, immigration policy and language policy, because these were salient national issues with respect to race and ethnic relations.

Keywords: dialogue; authority; legitimacy; conversation; Illinois; affirmative action; slavery; immigration policy; language policy; race

Chapter.  13050 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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