Relating: Dialogues and Dialectics

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Guilford Press, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 285 pages
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This book draws on the dialogism of social theorist Mikhail Bakhtin to develop a new approach which the authors term "relational dialectics" to the study of interpersonal communication. Emphasizing a social self instead of a sovereign self, multivocal oppositions instead of binary contradictions, and indeterminate change instead of transcendent synthesis, chapters examine and critique prevailing approaches to interpersonal communication. Building on these theoretical foundations, the volume rethinks such key areas as relationship development, closeness, certainty, openness, communication competence, and the boundaries between self, relationship, and society, and raises intriguing questions for future research.
 

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Contents

THINKING DIALECTICALLY
3
Conclusion
17
Bakhtin and the Voice of Dialogism
23
Modern Dialectical Voices
31
Other Conceptual Voices
40
Conclusion
46
The Monologue of Progress
52
Dialogic Change
58
Conclusion
151
COMPLEX INTERPLAYS
155
Personal Relationships and Society in Dialogue
161
Fluid Forces and Dynamic Boundaries
178
Conclusion
184
Dialogic Principles of Excellence
195
Conclusion
205
The Duels and Dualities of Pluralism
213

Conclusion
77
Voices of Dualism
83
Conclusion
104
Arguments for Uncertainty
111
Dialogues of Certainty and Uncertainty
118
The Praxis of Certainty and Uncertainty
125
Conclusion
131
Dialogues of Inquiry
220
Conclusion
230
Doing Dialogic Scholarship
236
AUTHOR INDEX
275
SUBJECT INDEX
283
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Leslie A. Baxter, Ph.D., University of Iowa

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