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Relational Responsibility
Resources for Sustainable Dialogue


October 1998 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The tradition of individual responsibility where individuals deliberate, morally evaluate, and then decide on a course of action is dear to the heart of Western ethical and legal codes and informs many contemporary practices of therapy, education, and organizational life. It also typically isolates, alienates, and ultimately invites the eradication of the otherùa step toward non-meaning. A vast range of current thinking places this view of the independently responsible individual in strong question. In Relational Responsibility, the authors attempt to transform the concept of responsibility in such a way that the relational process replaces the individual as the central concern. This volume invites practices that replace alienation and isolation with meaning-building dialogue. It is structured in a way that demonstrates their ideas. In Part I, McNamee and Gergen examine relational responsibility followed by their analysis of a challenging case study involving the issue of child sexual abuse. Part II contains responses from scholars and practitioners from the fields of communication, psychology, therapy, and organizational development that extend the original dialogue set out by McNamee and Gergen. Part III is a rejoinder to Part II in redirecting and augmenting the original conception and practice of relational responsibility. Relational Responsibility touches on a number of different disciplines, including communication theory, sociology, social theory, interpersonal and group communication, conflict management, and child abuse.

Sheila McNamee and Kenneth J Gergen
Preface
Situating the Conversation

 
 
PART ONE:RELATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY
 
An Invitation to Relational Responsibility
 
Relational Responsibility in Practice
 
A Case in Point
 
PART TWO: EXPANDING THE DIALOGUE: RESONANCE AND REFIGURATION
David Cooperrider and Diana Whitney
When Stories Have Wings
How Relational Responsibility Opens New Options for Action

 
Harlene Anderson
Collaborative Learning Communities
Ian Burkitt
Relational Moves and Generative Dances
John W Lannamann
On Being Relational in an Accountable Way
The Questions of Agency and Power

 
Sallyann Roth
The Uncertain Path to Dialogue
A Meditation

 
Mary Gergen
Relational Responsibility
Deconstructive Possibilities

 
Stanley Deetz and William J White
Relational Responsibility or Dialogic Ethics? A Questioning of McNamee and Gergen
Michael J Mazanec and Steve Duck
Responding and Relating
Response-Ability to Individuals, Relating and Difference

 
Karl Tomm
Co-Constructing Responsibility
Eero Riikonen
Inspiring Dialogues and Relational Responsibility
John Shotter and Arlene M Katz
Creating Relational Realities
Responsible Responding to Poetic `Movements' and `Moments'

 
Robert Cottor and Sharon Cottor
Relational Inquiry and Relational Responsibility
The Practice of Change

 
Peggy Penn and Marilyn Frankfurt
A Circle of Voices
Walter Eggers
`Just Like Max'
Learning in Relation

 
Maurizio Marzari
Waiting for the Author
 
PART THREE: CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION
Sheila McNamee and Kenneth J Gergen
Relational Responsibility
The Converging Conversation

 

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