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At Home With 'Real Americans': Communicating Across the Urban/Rural and Black/White Divides in the 2008 Presidential Election
Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies (2009)
  • Carolyn S Ellis, University of South Florida
Abstract

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?

Keywords
  • Ethnography,
  • Narrative,
  • Race,
  • Ethnicity,
  • Tolerance,
  • Intolerance,
  • Prejudice,
  • Transformative Dialogue
Publication Date
2009
Citation Information
Carolyn S Ellis. "At Home With 'Real Americans': Communicating Across the Urban/Rural and Black/White Divides in the 2008 Presidential Election" Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies Vol. 9 Iss. 6 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/carolyn_ellis/5/