Relational Responsibility: Resources for Sustainable Dialogue (Book Title)


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Relational Responsibility touches on a number of different disciplines, including communication theory, sociology, social theory, interpersonal and group communication, conflict management, and child abuse. 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 other''s 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. (Sage publications, 1998)


Sheila McNamee

Sheila McNamee is a professor of communication at the University of New Hampshire and a founder and board member of the Taos Institute. At the University of New Hampshire, she is the 2001 recipient of the Class of 1944 Professorship and the 2007 recipient of the Lindberg Award for Outstanding Scholar/Teacher. Her work is focused on dialogic transformation within a variety of social and institutional contexts including psychotherapy, organizations, education, healthcare, and local communities. She actively engages constructionist practices in a variety of contexts to bring communities of participants with diametrically opposing viewpoints together to create livable futures. Professor McNamee lectures and consults regularly, both nationally and internationally, for universities, private institutes, organizations, and communities.

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