Relational Responsibility: Resources for Sustainable Dialogue / Edition 1

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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 Mc Namee and Kenneth Gergen illustrate relational responsi

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Editorial Reviews

Comprises 19 contributions which attempt to transform the concept of responsibility in such a way that the relational process replaces the individual process as the central concern. The contributors come at the topic from a wide variety of disciplines, including communications, psychology, therapy, and organizational development. Topics include collaborative learning communities, deconstructive possibilities in relational responsibility, co-constructing responsibility, the practice of change in relational inquiry and relational responsibility, and relational responsibility in practice. Of interest to students in communication theory, sociology, conflict management, and child abuse. Paper edition (unseen), $22.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761910947
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/27/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth J. Gergen is a Senior Research Professor at Swarthmore College, USA, and President of the Taos Institute. He has been the recipient of many awards throughout the world. His major works include Realities and Relationships: Soundings in Social Construction; The Saturated Self: Dilemmas of Identity in Contemporary Life; and Relational Being: Beyond Self and Community.

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Table of Contents

Preface - Sheila Mc Namee and Kenneth J Gergen
Situating the Conversation
An Invitation to Relational Responsibility
Relational Responsibility in Practice
A Case in Point
When Stories Have Wings - David Cooperrider and Diana Whitney
How Relational Responsibility Opens New Options for Action
Collaborative Learning Communities - Harlene Anderson
Relational Moves and Generative Dances - Ian Burkitt
On Being Relational in an Accountable Way - John W Lannamann
The Questions of Agency and Power
The Uncertain Path to Dialogue - Sallyann Roth
A Meditation
Relational Responsibility - Mary Gergen
Deconstructive Possibilities
Relational Responsibility or Dialogic Ethics? A Questioning of Mc Namee and Gergen - Stanley Deetz and William J White
Responding and Relating - Michael J Mazanec and Steve Duck
Response-Ability to Individuals, Relating and Difference
Co-Constructing Responsibility - Karl Tomm
Inspiring Dialogues and Relational Responsibility - Eero Riikonen
Creating Relational Realities - John Shotter and Arlene M Katz
Responsible Responding to Poetic 'Movements' and 'Moments'
Relational Inquiry and Relational Responsibility - Robert Cottor and Sharon Cottor
The Practice of Change
A Circle of Voices - Peggy Penn and Marilyn Frankfurt
'Just Like Max' - Walter Eggers
Learning in Relation
Waiting for the Author - Maurizio Marzari
Relational Responsibility - Sheila Mc Namee and Kenneth J Gergen
The Converging Conversation

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