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The possibilities and limits to dialogue

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Ayona Datta, Reuben Rose-Redwood, Rob Kitchin, Lauren Rickards, Ugo Rossi, Jeremy Crampton

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-123
JournalDialogues in Human Geography
Issue number2
Early online date8 Jul 2018
E-pub ahead of print8 Jul 2018
PublishedJul 2018

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In this article, we explore the nature, value, and challenges of dialogue both within and outside the academy. After considering the possibilities and limits to dialogue, we divide our analysis into three sections, first discussing dialogue as a form of embodied action, next examining dialogue as a means of enacting a critically affirmative politics, and finally exploring the challenges of engaging in dialogue as a way of practicing public geographies. In each case, we raise a number of questions concerning the potential of, and limitations to, dialogue in an age of increasing social tensions and political divides. We conclude by suggesting that although there are times when dialogical disengagement is warranted if the conditions of possibility for meaningful dialogue are unfulfilled, scholarly dialogue continues to play an important role in fostering spaces of mutual engagement in a polarized age.

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