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Between the Structural and the Personal: Situated Sense-Makings of “Race”

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Using a critical intercultural communication perspective and cultural studies interviewing method, this study traces individuals' subjective sense-makings of diversity through the trope of “race.” Such sense-makings represent the key (and taken-for-granted) locus of the structural and personal where social actors live out the constructions of diversity and race in deeply felt ways. Our study reveals how individuals articulate and understand race via raceless diversity encodings (whereby race is seemingly stripped of its power inequalities, and all racial/ethnic groups are made equal) and racial pivoting (whereby participants both discursively pull away from and move toward race to suit their individual experiences).

Keywords: Critical Intercultural Communication Studies; Cultural Studies; Race; Racial Pivoting

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14791420500505700

Publication date: March 1, 2006

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