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The dual voice of power: an ethnographic perspective on meetings

Ellen Van Praet (UGent)
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The Dual Voice of Power discloses the duality of the discourse around meetings, with a proclaimed ideology of shared power, shared knowledge, and equal opportunities masking an authority-based system promoting status differences and inequality. Relying on participant observation, audio recordings, and interviews the book uncovers the subtle political and ideological processes that underlie the event of a weekly gathering of Heads of Section at an embassy. The book juxtaposes participants’ assumptions and projections about the meeting's symbolic role in achieving democratic ideals (community participation, status equality) with evidence of a battle zone, an arena for status contests and participants maneuvering for position. It explores this contrast on multiple levels of discourse and interaction, using transcripts from interviews and interaction during the meetings.
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linguistic ethnography, power, organizational culture, ritual, meetings

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Van Praet, Ellen. 2011. The Dual Voice of Power: An Ethnographic Perspective on Meetings. Ed. Liesbet Depauw. Acco Academic. Leuven; Den Haag, Nederland: Acco.
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Van Praet, E. (2011). The dual voice of power: an ethnographic perspective on meetings. (Liesbet Depauw, Ed.)Acco Academic. Leuven; Den Haag, Nederland: Acco.
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Van Praet E. The dual voice of power: an ethnographic perspective on meetings. Depauw L, editor. Acco Academic. Leuven; Den Haag, Nederland: Acco; 2011.
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Van Praet, Ellen. The Dual Voice of Power: An Ethnographic Perspective on Meetings. Ed. Liesbet Depauw. Leuven; Den Haag, Nederland: Acco, 2011. Print.
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  abstract     = {The Dual Voice of Power discloses the duality of the discourse around meetings, with a proclaimed ideology of shared power, shared knowledge, and equal opportunities masking an authority-based system promoting status differences and inequality. 
Relying on participant observation, audio recordings, and interviews the book uncovers the subtle political and ideological processes that underlie the event of a weekly gathering of Heads of Section at an embassy. The book juxtaposes participants{\textquoteright} assumptions and projections about the meeting's symbolic role in achieving democratic ideals (community participation, status equality) with evidence of a battle zone, an arena for status contests and participants maneuvering for position. It explores this contrast on multiple levels of discourse and interaction, using transcripts from interviews and interaction during the meetings.},
  author       = {Van Praet, Ellen},
  editor       = {Depauw, Liesbet},
  isbn         = {9789033484674},
  keyword      = {linguistic ethnography,power,organizational culture,ritual,meetings},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {192},
  publisher    = {Acco},
  series       = {Acco Academic},
  title        = {The dual voice of power: an ethnographic perspective on meetings},
  year         = {2011},
}