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Talking about Race: Community Dialogues and the Politics of Difference

Katherine Cramer Walsh


It is a perennial question: how should Americans deal with racial and ethnic diversity? More than 400 communities across the country have attempted to answer it by organizing discussions among diverse volunteers in an attempt to improve race relations. This book takes a look at this strategy to reveal the reasons behind the method and the effects it has in the cities and towns that undertake it. With extensive observations of community dialogues, interviews with the discussants, and analysis of national data, the book shows that while meeting organizers usually aim to establish common ground, ... More

Keywords: ethnic diversity, race relations, citizenship, politics of difference, civic life, conflict, deliberative democracy, community dialogues, public talk, intergroup relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226869063
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226869087.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Cramer Walsh, author