Relational Responsibility: Resources for Sustainable Dialogue

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Sheila McNamee, Kenneth J. Gergen
SAGE, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 236 pages
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Questioning the tradition of individual responsibility, this pioneering book also transforms the concept of responsibility by giving centre stage to the relational process rather than to the individual - replacing alienation and isolation with meaningful dialogue.

The first three chapters are the editors' own contribution on relational responsibility - followed by their analysis of a challenging case study involving the issue of child sexual abuse. The next 14 chapters contain responses from leading academics and professionals in the fields of communication, psychology and organizational development, which extend the editors' original dialogue. In conclusion, Sheila McNamee and Kenneth Gergen illustrate relational responsi

  

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Contents

An Invitation to Relational Responsibility
3
Relational Responsibility
19
Relational Responsibility in Practice
29
A Case in Point
49
Collaborative Learning Communities
65
Relational Moves and Generative Dances
71
How Relational
84
A Meditation
93
From Antagonism to Appreciation
111
Response
121
Inspiring Dialogues and Relational Responsibility 1 39
137
Bringing Parallels to Play
151
References
219
Index
227
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About the author (1999)

Kenneth J. Gergen is Mustin Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore college, USA.

CONTRIBUTORS' AFFILIATIONS OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA:

Lisa Warhus University of Aarhus

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