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Intergroup Dialogue: Deliberative Democracy in School, College, Community and Workplace


reviewed by Patty Bode & Sonia Nieto — 2003

coverTitle: Intergroup Dialogue: Deliberative Democracy in School, College, Community and Workplace
Author(s): David Louis Schoem and Sylvia Hurtado (Editors)
Publisher: University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor
ISBN: 0472067826, Pages: 336, Year: 2001
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According to Paulo Freire (1970), “dialogue cannot be reduced to the act of one person’s ‘depositing’ ideas in another, nor can it become a simple exchange of ideas to be ‘consumed’ by the discussants”  (p. 70). In the thirty-two years since these words were first written, a variety of definitions and connotations of dialogue have been explored in academic discussions, community grassroots organizations, and corporate reform efforts. Until now, these discussions have not been pulled together in one volume. The purpose of David Schoem and Sylvia Hurtado’s Intergroup Dialogue: Deliberative Democracy in School, College, Community and Workplace is to provide the first comprehensive resource for defining, practicing, and understanding intergroup dialogue in a variety of settings.    Race is not easily discussed in our society. In this text, Schoem and Hurtado are clear about their intention to address racism and social identity relations directly. Very early in the first chapter, they point out, “One of the greatest challenges facing democracy in the United States is for its citizens to learn... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1298-1301
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10901, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 9:28:11 AM

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  • Patty Bode

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  • Sonia Nieto
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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    SONIA NIETO is Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture in the School of Education, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is editor of the Language, Culture, and Teaching Series for Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers. Her latest book, What Keeps Teachers Going in Spite of Everything?, a collaboration with a group of public school teachers, is scheduled for publication by Teachers College Press later this year.
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