Essays on Theorizing Communication and Race by Brenda Allen Annotated Bibliography

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The paper "Theorizing Communication and Race by Brenda Allen " is a perfect example of a management annotated bibliography.   The core of this article is to figure out whether the mainstream communication theory is culturally biased. Mainstream communication theory is considered culturally biased. Mainstream communication theory is considered biased since it does not delve race in a substantive way. The race is a fundamental aspect of identity (Brenda, 2007). According to the author, there lack enough mainstream communication studies concentrated on the issue of race. There are a number of critics that asset the bias of euro-centrism which is termed as the propensity to understand reality founded upon the western values and experiences.

As a result of these tendencies, the topic obtains from and propagates white universalistic paradigms without acknowledging the Eurocentric limits, thus disseminating Eurocentric intellectual domination. This bias can potentially hinder our discipline from bringing about social change related to race (Brenda, 2007). The race is an enduring, disputed concept that has fundamental consequences for communication studies as well as in transforming society. The article illustrates that “ race is one of the most powerful ideological and institutional factors for deciding how identities are categorized and power, material privileges, and resources distributed’ ’ (Brenda, 2007).

There are many race-related disparities in society today. For instance, there is reported news of racial discrimination in society today that suggests that micro-regions have identical racial codes. This means that race persists and brings about social inequality. Nevertheless, some people still believe that racial discrimination is a thing of the past. Yet members of different races differ significantly in their attitudes in everyday life (Brenda, 2007). Mainstream communication theory is found in many prominent journals and books.

And since most of the people in charge of publications are white, they reflect Eurocentric and white supremacist biases. For example, mainstream communication literature treats race as a historical and depoliticised concept of identity and power.


Brenda J. Allen (2007). Theorizing Communication and Race, Communication Monographs, 74:2, 259-264, DOI: 10.1080/03637750701393055

Grant D., Michelson G., Oswick, C. & Wailes N. (2005). "Guest editorial: discourse and organizational change, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 18 Iss: 1, pp.6 – 15

Jones E., Watson B., Gardner J., and Gallois C. (2004). Organizational Communication: Challenges for the New Century, Journal of Communication, p. 722-750

Marshak R. J. and Grant R. (2008). Organizational Discourse and New Organization Development Practices. British Journal of Management, Vol. 19, S7–S19 (2008) DOI: 10.1111/j.1467 8551.2008.00567.x

Palmer I. and Dunford R. (2008). Organizational Change and the Importance of Embedded Assumptions. British Journal of Management, Vol. 19, S20–S32 (2008) DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2008.00568.x

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