Dialog Theory in Marginalized Settings: A Subaltern Studies Approach

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This article explores the potential of subaltern studies scholarship to open new vistas of research in dialogically oriented communication theory by bringing forth questions of representing the “other” and suggesting discursive openings for interrogating the privilege embodied in neoliberal discourse. Exploring the intersections of dialog and subalternity, this article seeks to understand ways in which subalternity enters into dialog with the dominant sites of knowledge production in communication studies. By sensitizing the researcher to the position of power and privilege embodied in academic knowledge, the project calls for a reflexive journey of solidarity between researcher and subaltern community. In doing so, subaltern studies becomes an entry point to explore the emancipatory potential of dialog in the backdrop of neoliberal politics.

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Communication Theory, v. 20, issue 4, p. 363-386