ERIC Number: ED451561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Debate over a Proposed FedEx Distribution Hub: Examining the Role of Consensus, Power and Norms of Communication Ethics.
Thompson, Kathleen B.
This paper examines an ongoing community debate over a proposed FedEx distribution hub to be constructed at the local airport. The essay looks to theorists, including Patsy Healey, Richard Johannesen, Daniel Kemmis, James Klumpp, and Martha Nussbaum. These theorists provide a way to view the role of consensus, power, and norms of communication ethics to evaluate the quality of citizens' deliberations. The paper argues that communication patterns in the debate can be improved by more focused attention to the role of consensus, power, and norms of communication ethics. Specifically, it concludes that the deliberative process itself is formative and transformative. Citizens' deliberative practices improve as more people participate. Paying attention to the stories people tell, attending to the effort of listening, recognizing shifting power differentials, and participating in the process are all components of improving the deliberative process. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern States Communication Association (71st, Lexington, KY, April 4-8, 2001).