At Home with “Real Americans”: Communicating Across the Urban/Rural and Black/White Divides in the 2008 Presidential Election
autoethnography, racism, presidential election, appreciative inquiry, real Americans, politics of difference
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This ethnographic story seeks to reveal the complexity in talking across the urban/rural and Black/White divide in the 2008 Presidential Election.The story shows the tensions between feeling that an attempt to understand the other might help perpetuate the very intolerance we want to break through and feeling a responsibility to reach out and try to fashion a way out of prejudices and values with which we disagree. Is there a possibility for transformative dialogue and appreciative inquiry, where the four participants in this story might envision and generate a new, coconstructed reality, that all of them could believe in? Should that be our goal?
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Citation / Publisher Attribution
Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, v. 9, issue 6, p. 721-733
Scholar Commons Citation
Ellis, Carolyn, "At Home with “Real Americans”: Communicating Across the Urban/Rural and Black/White Divides in the 2008 Presidential Election" (2009). Communication Faculty Publications. 249.