The jesuit difference (?)

Narratives of negotiating spiritual values and secular practices

Erika L. Kirby, M. Chad McBride, Sherianne Shuler, Marty J. Birkholt, Mary Ann Danielson, Donna R. Pawlowski

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We detail the experiences of a department of six faculty members in negotiating spirituality in a Jesuit, Catholic University. Grounding our work in “co-constructed narrative” as a method, we utilize narratives gathered through self-reflection, conversation, and interviews to elucidate how contradictory conditions are created through competing discourses of spiritual values and secular practices. These competing discourses create tensions of (a) embracing/resisting, (b) inclusion/exclusion, and (c) proclamation/silence. Faculty narratives revealed the ways they frame and negotiate these tensions in their attempts to construct their identities in relation to the organization and its values. Dialogic theory (Bahktin, 198119861993) is utilized to interpret faculty narratives as well as offer new directions for organizational communication theorizing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-105
Number of pages19
JournalCommunication Studies
Volume57
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

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The jesuit difference (?) : Narratives of negotiating spiritual values and secular practices. / Kirby, Erika L.; McBride, M. Chad; Shuler, Sherianne; Birkholt, Marty J.; Danielson, Mary Ann; Pawlowski, Donna R.

In: Communication Studies, Vol. 57, No. 1, 01.01.2006, p. 87-105.

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Kirby, Erika L. ; McBride, M. Chad ; Shuler, Sherianne ; Birkholt, Marty J. ; Danielson, Mary Ann ; Pawlowski, Donna R. / The jesuit difference (?) : Narratives of negotiating spiritual values and secular practices. In: Communication Studies. 2006 ; Vol. 57, No. 1. pp. 87-105.
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