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ERIC Number: ED464359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 26
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In the Silence of Our Hearts: When Spirituality and Career Discourses Collide.
Buzzanell, Patrice M.
In the midst of tragedy, humans reconsider what they value in life. This reassessment is not only cognitive, but also is embodied and spiritual. Given the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and massive downsizings prior to (and after) this tragedy, many individuals in the United States have come to rethink their priorities in life. One site of struggle for reconceptualizing people's everyday lives as well as communication theory and practice is the nexus of spirituality and career discourses. This paper asks what happens when these discourses collide and how these questionings can assist organizational communication scholars in developing more humane theory and practice. The paper first discusses the discursive approach in organizational communication. Next, it interrogates discourses of spirituality and career to illuminate commonalities and contradictions that then can be used to create organizational communication theory and practice. The paper concludes that, through spirituality, individuals can transform the communicative processes in their workplace as well as address their ongoing needs for meaning. (Contains 63 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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