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ERIC Number: EJ1097469
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1568-4555
Rejecting Exclusion, Embracing Inclusion: Conversation as Policy-Making at a US Baptist Conference on Sexuality and Covenant
Warner-Garcia, Shawn
Language Policy, v15 n2 p141-161 May 2016
While much of the work on language, policy, and religion has focused on how discourse is influenced by policy, this article presents a case study of how discourse is used to construct policy itself. These policy-making discourses tend to occur in institutional settings; however, non-institutional discourse may also be instrumental in the development and implementation of policy. The strict separation of institutional and non-institutional discourse is problematized as it fails to account for the ways in which both types of discourse are ideologically constructed and often co-occurring. The article analyzes how the non-institutional discourse model of "conversation" was promoted in the institutional setting of The Baptist Conference on Sexuality and Covenant as a way to explicitly avoid policy-making. However, it is argued that the framing of a conversation did not ultimately circumvent the implications of policy-making but rather promoted a policy of inclusion over a policy of exclusion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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