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Talking about RaceCommunity Dialogues and the Politics of Difference$
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Katherine Cramer Walsh

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226869063

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226869087.001.0001

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Scrutinizing and Listening to Stories

Scrutinizing and Listening to Stories

(p.142) Chapter Seven Scrutinizing and Listening to Stories
Talking about Race
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This chapter probes how people are using civic dialogue by paying particular attention to the forms of public talk that they use. It examines the modes of talk that people put into practice and how people negotiate a balance between unity and difference as they do so. To contribute to the dialogues, people offer up reports of personal experiences from their lives or from the lives of people to whom they have a personal attachment. In this way, they convey to each other their perceptions of their community. Storytelling pervades many forms of face-to-face public talk. Storytelling, simply put, is the act of providing a narrative about experience from one's own life, either a specific event or reference to a pattern of events. These narratives are not necessarily fully developed stories, with a plot and an elaborate series of events. In the race dialogues they are typically brief reports of personal experience.

Keywords:   civic dialogue, public talk, community, storytelling, race, personal experience

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