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Who's Talking & Who's Listening: Using Muted Group Theory to Enhance Interactions Between Churches and Marginalized Women

by Linda Lee Smith Barkman | August 02, 2019

2019 "Created to Thrive" CBE International Conference

How can churches become more effective at hearing what our marginalized sisters are wanting to communicate to us? In this workshop, Muted Group Theory (MGT) is presented as a tool for explaining and promoting communication between churches and marginalized women. First, after a brief overview of MGT and its tenets, Linda Lee Smith Barkman looks at how MGT informs gendered communication generally. Then MGT is specifically applied within the micro-differential power dynamics that further complicate communication.