Dialogue Across Difference
Practice, Theory, and Research on Intergroup Dialogue
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Russell Sage Foundation
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I came to this class hoping to better understand racial relationships and to be able to talk honestly about race. I came to this class having gone through many stages in the past about race, thinking that if I could just explain the true history of my people, other people would understand. Failing that, I often be-came enraged, then not caring what other people think. The stage I was at ...
Part I. What Is Intergroup Dialogue?
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1. Intergroup Dialogue: Its Role in Contemporary Society
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In this chapter, we position intergroup dialogue (IGD) within the programs and studies on intergroup relations and discuss what motivated the research on which this book is based. We discuss both why talking across differences of race- ethnicity and gender in more than superficial ways has proven difficult, and how intergroup dialogue addresses those difficulties. We also look at ...
2. The Practice of Intergroup Dialogue
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In this chapter, we describe more fully the intergroup dialogue (IGD) practice model that addresses the divides and challenges of talking across and about race and gender highlighted in chapter 1. We have four goals: to place the foundations of intergroup dialogue in the context of social psychological research on intergroup relations and of multicultural education concerned ...
3. A Critical-Dialogic Theoretical Framework for Intergroup Dialogue
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In the previous chapter, we described the critical- dialogic practice model of intergroup dialogue (IGD). The pedagogical features of IGD—content learning, structured interaction, and facilitation—are intentionally integrated to foster communication processes that play the central theoretical role in how IGD increases intergroup understanding, intergroup relation-...
Part II. Studying Intergroup Dialogue: Methods, Effects, and Processes
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4. Studying Intergroup Dialogue: Using Mixed Methods
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In the previous two chapters, we described the practice and theoretical models that guided the intergroup dialogue (IGD) courses investigated in this project. The practice model involves an interactive pedagogy implemented across four stages. The theoretical model posits that dialogue pedagogy leads to distinctive communication processes that form the heart of intergroup...
5. Effects of Intergroup Dialogue: A Focus on Processes and Outcomes
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In chapters 2 and 3, we delineated the ways in which the critical-dialogic practice model and theoretical framework of intergroup dialogue (IGD) differ from but also integrate some features of other approaches in intergroup relations and approaches to diversity and social justice education. We also described the theoretical concepts and relationships that comprise our...
6. Empathy in Intergroup Dialogues
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In this chapter, we focus on empathy because it is such a vital component of intergroup relations. Empathy is viewed by many as the foundation of social life (see the discussion of empathy in chapter 3), and has always been an important goal of intergroup dialogue (IGD). As discussed in chapters 3 and 5, many studies have shown that empathy is linked to desirable outcomes such ...
7. Engagement in Intergroup Dialogue: Listening, Speaking, and Active Thinking
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I would say that as people started sharing more personal experiences, it made me feel that, wow, this person really trusts the group to even share stuff like that, and maybe I can do it too, and so I kind of dipped my toes in the water and so I just eventually had my whole body in the water. (Woman of color, race-ethnicity dialogue)...
8. Observations of Students and Facilitators: A Lens into the Practice Model of Intergroup Dialogue
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Chapter 7 analyzed data from interviews of students about their intergroup dialogue (IGD) experiences and revealed ways in which students recalled their engagement in IGDs—listening, speaking, and active thinking. In this chapter, we complement the interview data with videotape data of student and facilitator participation in three sessions of ten race- ethnicity dialogues ...
Part III. Implications: Looking Forward
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9. Evidence, Criticisms, and Conclusions for Practice, Theory, and Research
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The preceding chapters in this book have articulated the rationale for inter-group dialogue (IGD) in higher education and in our society, the overall methodology of the study, and the practice and theoretical foundations of a critical-dialogic model of intergroup dialogue. Chapters reporting on the quantitative and qualitative investigation undertaken in the Multi- University ...
10. Intergroup Dialogue: A Response to the Challenges of Demography, Democracy, and Dispersion
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In chapter 1, we argued that intergroup dialogue (IGD) is an increasingly important form of communication because the United States as a whole and higher education institutions in particular must deal with three major a demographic challenge arising from demographic shifts producing a much more ethnically and racially diverse United States that will be ...
Epilogue. Intergroup Dialogue Alumni in a Changing World
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As we were finishing this book, it seemed only right that we end with words and lives of students who were actively involved in intergroup dialogue (IGD) as undergraduates and who have now graduated. We invited twelve graduates to share their experiences in intergroup dialogue, and all of them responded with reflection essays. These essays convey purposefulness as en-...
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Publication Year: 2013