The Diversity Paradox

The Diversity Paradox : Seeking Community in an Intercultural Church

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In response to America's declining sense of community, Central Community Church has prioritized the organizational metaphor of "community." Building upon forty-eight months of ethnographic fieldwork, this book explores particular ways in which the community metaphor was co-constructed by Central Community's racially/ethnically diverse leaders and members as well as limitations and tensions that emerged from those efforts.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 228 pages
  • 157.48 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 5 Tables, unspecified; 7 Halftones, black and white
  • 0739183516
  • 9780739183519
  • 1,850,085

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Relevant Literature Chapter 3: Research Context Chapter 4: Research Methods Chapter 5: Communicating Community Chapter 6: Disciplining Discourses Chapter 7: Traversing Tensions Chapter 8: Defy(ning) Diversity Chapter 9: Implementing Implications Chapter 10: Conclusion
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From the very start of this work, J. Jacob Jenkins addresses some of the key issues involved in diversity: what is really meant by the term, and what characterizes the ideally diverse community. Even as he evokes myriad details of the diverse community studied, Jenkins is relentlessly organized, making his points and findings easy for the reader to follow and avoiding losing the reader in mass data exploration. Writing in depth about a compelling case study of a community seeking to build and maintain diversity, Jenkins takes the reader through the triumphs and struggles the community encounters as it maintains diversity through communication. -- John C. Meyer, University of Southern Mississippi
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About J. Jacob Jenkins

J. Jacob Jenkins is an assistant professor of communication at California State University Channel Islands.
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