Intergroup Dialogue: Deliberative Democracy in School, College, Community and Workplacereviewed by Patty Bode & Sonia Nieto — 2003
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.) Title:
Intergroup Dialogue: Deliberative Democracy in School, College, Community and WorkplaceAuthor(s):
David Louis Schoem and Sylvia Hurtado (Editors) Publisher:
University of Michigan Press, Ann ArborISBN:
2001Search for book at Amazon.com
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- Patty Bode
- Sonia Nieto
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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.