1st Edition

Listening, Community Engagement, and Peacebuilding International Perspectives

    264 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the role of listening in community engagement and peacebuilding efforts, bridging academic research in communication and practical applications for individual and social change.

    For all their differences, community engagement and peacebuilding efforts share much in common: the need to establish and agree on achievable and measurable goals, the importance of trust, and the need for conflict management, to name but a few. This book presents listening – considered as a multi-disciplinary concept related to but distinct from civility, civic participation, and other social processes – as a primary mechanism for accomplishing these tasks. Individual chapters explore these themes in an array of international contexts, examining topics such as conflict resolution, restorative justice, environmental justice, migrants and refugees, and trauma-informed peacebuilding. The book includes contemporary literature reviews and theoretical insights covering the role of listening as related to individual, social, and governmental efforts to better engage communities and build, maintain, or establish peace in an increasingly divided world.

    This collection provides invaluable insight to researchers, students, educators, and practitioners in intercultural and international communication, conflict management, peacebuilding, community engagement, and international studies.

    1. Listening, Community Engagement, and Peacebuilding: Defining Terms and Setting the Stage

    Graham D. Bodie, Debra L. Worthington, and Zenebe Beyene

    2. Beyond the Town Hall: From Chaos to Collaboration in Community Listening

    Larry Schooler

    3. Performative Listening and Solidarity: Critical Intercultural Communication and Community Engagement at the Margins

    Chris McRae, Ambar Basu, Parameswari Mukherjee, and Michael McDowell 

    4. Listening as a Tool for Transformative Change in Families and Neighborhoods: The Case of SALT

    Bobby Zachariah, Joske Bunders-Aelen, and Barbara Regeer

    5. Light on Syria: Performance, Listening, and Community Engagement

    Andrew Cessna Jones and Aubrey Helene Neumann

    6. Patterns of Engagement: Identifying Associations between Listening Styles and Community-News Consumption

    Eike Mark Rinke, Patricia Moy, and María E. Len-Ríos

    7. Active Listening and "Serial Calling": Negotiating Public Space in Interactive Radio

    Iginio Gagliardone

    8. Listening and Peacebuilding

    Nichole Argo and Rachel Brown

    9. Listening in Service of Trauma-Informed Peacebuilding

    Prabha Sankaranarayan, Mary Jo Harwood, and Ginny Morrison

    10. Listening Performances as Transformative Mechanisms in the Context of Restorative Transitional Justice Scenarios: The Colombian Case

    Luis Carlos Sotelo Castro

    11. The Role of Listening in the Transformation of Conflict: Implications for Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in Ethiopia

    Zenene Beyene and Berhanu Mengistu

    12. Listening and Peacebuilding in Rwanda: Perspective of Homegrown Approaches

    Peter John Mugume, Josephine Mukabera, and Jane Umutoni

    13. The Moral and Intellectual Virtue(s) of Listening

    Henrik Syse


    Graham D. Bodie is Professor of Integrated Marketing Communication in the School of Journalism and New Media at The University of Mississippi, USA.

    Debra L. Worthington is Professor of Communication and Director of the School of Communication & Journalism at Auburn University, USA.

    Zenebe Beyene is Associate Professor and Coordinator of International Programs in the School of Journalism and New Media at The University of Mississippi, USA.

    “This edited collection is a valuable text on the role of listening—an activity that is taken for granted but worthy of further consideration—in fostering understanding across differences and promoting healing and reconciliation. […] A theme found in many of the chapters is the role of trauma and how opportunities for meaningful listening, among survivors and perpetrators of violence, enhance healing, reconciliation, peace building, and justice. The world could be a much different place if this type of listening, especially to the most vulnerable citizens, was made a priority.”

    --K. Sorensen, Bentley University