Relational Responsibility: Resources for Sustainable Dialogue

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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.
 

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Chapter 1 An Invitation to Relational Responsibility
3
Chapter 2 Relational Responsibility in Practice
29
Chapter 3 A Case in Point
49
Part II Expanding the Dialogue
55
Resonance and Refiguration
57
Chapter 5 Collaborative Learning Communities
65
Chapter 6 Relational Moves and Generative Dances
71
The Questions of Agency and Power
81
Chapter 13 Inspiring Dialogues and Relational Responsibility
139
Bringing Parallels to Play
151
The Practice of Change
163
Chapter 16 A Circle of Voices
171
Learning in Relation
181
Chapter 18 Waiting for the Author
187
Part III Continuing the Conversation
197
The Converging Conversation
199

A Meditation
93
Deconstructive Possibilities
99
From Antagonism to Appreciation
111
Response Ability to Individuals Relating and Difference
121
Chapter 12 Coconstructing Responsibility
129
References
219
Index
227
About the Authors
231
About the Contributors
232
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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.

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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