Organizing Inclusion brings communication experts together to examine issues of inclusion and exclusion, which have emerged as a major challenge as both society and the workforce become more diverse.

Connecting communication theories to diversity and inclusion, and clarifying that inclusion is about the communication processes of organizations, institutions, and communities, the book explores how communication as an organizing phenomenon underlies systemic and institutionalized biases and generates practices that privilege certain groups while excluding or marginalizing others. Bringing a global perspective that transcends particular problems faced by Western cultures, the contributors address issues across sub-disciplines of communication studies, ranging from social and environmental activism to problems of race, gender, sexual orientation, age and ability. With these various perspectives, the chapters go beyond demographic diversity by addressing interaction and structural processes that can be used to promote inclusion. Using these multiple theoretical frameworks, Organizing Inclusion is an intellectual resource for improving theoretical understanding and practical applications that come with ever more diverse people working, coordinating, and engaging one another.

The book will be of great relevance to organizational stakeholders, human resource personnel and policy makers, as well as to scholars and students working in the fields of communication, management, and organization studies.

chapter 1|21 pages

Organizing Inclusion

Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches
ByMarya L. Doerfel, Jennifer L. Gibbs

part Part I|110 pages

Bottom-Up Approaches

chapter 2|18 pages

Stigma Communication and Power

Managing Inclusion and Exclusion in the Workplace
ByRebecca J. Meisenbach, Darvelle Hutchins

chapter 3|15 pages

Doing Engaged Scholarship

Inclusion Theory Meets Practice in the Context of a Peacebuilding Initiative in West Africa
ByStacey L. Connaughton, Jennifer K. Ptacek

chapter 4|15 pages

Rhizomatous Dialogue, Organizational Engagement, and Inclusion

ByMichael L. Kent, Nneka Logan

chapter 6|23 pages

When Pacing Is a Privilege

The Time Scale of Exclusion
ByDawna I. Ballard, Ana M. Aguilar

chapter 7|20 pages

Creating the Being of Inclusion in Organizations

BySarah J. Tracy, Robert J. Razzante, Katrina N. Hanna

part Part II|148 pages

Top-Down Approaches

chapter 8|21 pages

The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion among Professions and Professionals

ByJoshua B. Barbour, Shelbey L. Rolison, Jared T. Jensen

chapter 9|24 pages

Moving Beyond Inclusion

Lessons from the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ByPatricia S. Parker, Dorothy Holland, Jean Dennison, Sara H. Smith, Melvin Jackson

chapter 10|20 pages

Organizing for Sustainability

Including and Engaging Diverse Stakeholders
ByRahul Mitra

chapter 11|18 pages

Toward Financial Inclusion

Pitfalls in Illustrating and Discussing Financial Inclusion
ByOdile Vallée

chapter 12|20 pages

Design of Meaningful Work in Diversity and Inclusion

Enactment of Inclusionary Engineering Design and Partnerships in Rural Ghana
ByPatrice M. Buzzanell

chapter 13|22 pages


The Question of Sample Representativeness in Interpersonal Communication Research
ByWalid A. Afifi, Monica Cornejo

chapter 14|21 pages

Organizing as a Tension between Tradition and Innovation

Promoting Inclusion in Academia
ByBernadette M. Gailliard, Shardé M. Davis, Jennifer L. Gibbs, Marya L. Doerfel