Organizing Inclusion brings communication experts together to examine issues of inclusion and exclusion, which have emerged as a major challenge as both society and the workforce become more diverse.
Connecting communication theories to diversity and inclusion, and clarifying that inclusion is about the communication processes of organizations, institutions, and communities, the book explores how communication as an organizing phenomenon underlies systemic and institutionalized biases and generates practices that privilege certain groups while excluding or marginalizing others. Bringinga global perspective that transcends particular problems faced by Western cultures, the contributors address issues across sub-disciplines of communication studies, ranging from social and environmental activism to problems of race, gender, sexual orientation, age and ability. With these various perspectives, the chapters go beyond demographic diversity by addressing interaction and structural processes that can be used to promote inclusion. Using these multiple theoretical frameworks, Organizing Inclusion is an intellectual resource for improving theoretical understanding and practical applications that come with ever more diverse people working, coordinating, and engaging one another.
The book will be of great relevance to organizational stakeholders, human resource personnel and policy makers, as well as to scholars and students working in the fields of communication, management, and organization studies.
'This edited volume gathers leading thinkers in communication who are dedicated to being, thinking, and doing what’s right…namely, getting on with the project of realizing a more just and inclusive future for modern organizations and societies.' -Ryan S. Bisel, University of Oklahoma, USA
Chapter 1: Organizing Inclusion: Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches
Marya L. Doerfel and Jennifer L. Gibbs
Part I Bottom-Up Approaches
Chapter 2: Stigma Communication and Power: Managing Inclusion and Exclusion in the Workplace
Rebecca J. Meisenbach and Darvelle Hutchins
Chapter 3: Doing Engaged Scholarship: Inclusion Theory Meets Practice in the Context of a Peacebuilding Initiative in West Africa
Stacey L. Connaughton and Jennifer Ptacek
Chapter 4: Rhizomatous Dialogue, Organizational Engagement, and Inclusion
Michael L. Kent and Nneka Logan
Chapter 5: Non-Profit Reuse as a Solution to Reducing Digital Divides and Technology Maintenance Inequalities
Amy L. Gonzales and Harry Yaojan Yan
Chapter 6: When Pacing is a Privilege: The Time Scale of Exclusion
Dawna I. Ballard and Ana M. Aguilar
Chapter 7: Creating the Being of Inclusion in Organizations
Sarah J. Tracy, Robert J. Razzante, and Katrina N. Hanna
Part II Top-Down Approaches
Chapter 8: The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion among Professions and Professionals
Joshua B. Barbour, Shelbey L. Rolison, and Jared T. Jensen
Chapter 9: Moving Beyond Inclusion: Lessons from the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Patricia S. Parker, Dorothy Holland, Jean Dennison, Sara H. Smith, and Melvin Jackson
Chapter 10: Organizing for Sustainability: Including and Engaging Diverse Stakeholders
Chapter 11: Towards Financial Inclusion: Pitfalls in Illustrating and Discussing Financial Inclusion
Chapter 12: Design of Meaningful Work in Diversity and Inclusion
Patrice M. Buzzanell
Chapter 13: #CommSoWEIRD: The Question of Sample Representativeness in Interpersonal Communication Research
Walid A. Afifi Monica Cornejo
Chapter 14: Organizing as a Tension Between Tradition and Innovation: Promoting Inclusion in Academia
Bernadette M. Gailliard, Jennifer L. Gibbs, and Marya L. Doerfel
The goal of this series is to publish original research in the field of organizational communication, with a particular—but not exclusive—focus on the constitutive or performative aspects of communication. In doing so, this series aims to be an outlet for cutting-edge research monographs, edited books, and handbooks that will redefine, refresh and redirect scholarship in this field.
The volumes published in this series address topics as varied as branding, spiritual organizing, collaboration, employee communication, corporate authority, organizational timing and spacing, organizational change, organizational sense making, organization membership, and disorganization. What unifies this diversity of themes is the authors’ focus on communication, especially in its constitutive and performative dimensions. In other words, authors are encouraged to highlight the key role communication plays in all these processes.