Title

The Problematics of Dialogue and Power

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2003

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1080/23808985.2003.11679024

Abstract

In recent years, dialogic approaches to communication have become far more common and persuasive in interpersonal communication, organizational life, rhetoric, political communication, and media studies. Yet, the relationship between dialogue and power remains relatively unexplored. In this chapter, we clarify the distinction between convergent dialogue and emergent dialogue, offering a new synthesis of relevant sources along with personalized examples from consulting practice. After surveying definitions and research in dialogue studies, we describe the contours of dialogue by considering its characteristics as they relate to power. We then identify and explore the persistent dialogic tensions that affect power relations: identity, outcome, meaning, voice, and field. Finally, we relate the concepts of convergent and emergent dialogic styles to Foucault’s descriptions of juridical and contingent power.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Annals of the International Communication Association, v. 27, issue 1, p. 125-157

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