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2004 - International Communication Association Pages: 31 pages || Words: 12941 words || 
1. LaFever, Marcella. "Increasing the Participation of Non-dominant Cultural Groups in Public Dialogue: Development Communication Experiences in North America" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, New Orleans Sheraton, New Orleans, LA, May 27, 2004 Online <.PDF>. 2019-07-22 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Cultural diversity in New Mexico, the United States and in Canada, coupled with the increasing movement of peoples around the world, presents communication scholars with many practical challenges in intercultural communication. The present study investigates, through a grounded theory methodology, communication structures that increase the representation non-dominant groups in public dialogue and decision-making processes of the dominant North American culture. Community members whose cultural background does not utilize the same values and ways of communicating as those which are predominant in North America are expected to assimilate to a process where the voicing of personal opinion is expected, where time constraints are more important than group cohesion, and where competition and the desire to win is valued. The findings indicate communication structures centered on relationship initiation, building and development, as being those that enjoy long term success. Issues that require further theorizing and investigation are also identified.

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