Hope, communication, and community building Academic Article uri icon


  • Hope is a form of discursive practice that involves cocreating discourse with others that generates new images of possibility for social arrangements and mobilizes the moral and affective resources necessary to translate image into action and belief while balancing creativity and constraint. I adopt Craig's (1989; Craig & Tracy, 1995) notion of practical theory and use it to explore the practice of creating positive communication frameworks for fostering hope in communitybuilding efforts. In this study, I analyze the practice of Imagine Chicago, an internationally known communitybuilding organization that emphasizes hope as a core element in its approach, using the lenses of affirmative, dialogical, and pragmatic theory. The analysis suggests cocreating textured vocabularies of hope requires community builders to develop (a) affirmative, (b) relational, (c) generative, and (d) imaginative situated sensibilities when developing positive communication frameworks. 2003 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All right reserved.

published proceedings

  • Southern Communication Journal

author list (cited authors)

  • Barge, J. K.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Barge, J Kevin

publication date

  • January 2003