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By: Stanley Deetz & William J. White

In: Relational Responsibility: Resources for Sustainable Dialogue

Chapter 10: Relational Responsibility or Dialogic Ethics?: A Questioning of McNamee and Gergen

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Relational Responsibility or Dialogic Ethics?: A Questioning of McNamee and Gergen
Relational responsibility or dialogic ethics?: A questioning of McNamee and Gergen
StanleyDeetzWilliam J.White

McNamee and Gergen ask, What kinds of worlds are made possible by alternative ways of putting things, specifically discussing responsibility in relational terms? This essay further pursues that question, suggesting, through the analysis of a specific case, that the language of responsibility, even with a relational focus, continues to limit the discussion. The language of relational responsibility makes it difficult to adequately consider power relations generally and specifically, the consent-and-compliance process that exists in relationships and communities. In contrast, the emerging language of dialogic or communication ethics offers a more thorough engagement in negotiation and mutually satisfying world creation.

This process of shifting the terms ...

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