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By: Michael J. Mazanec & Steve Duck

In: Relational Responsibility: Resources for Sustainable Dialogue

Chapter 11: Responding and Relating: Response-Ability to Individuals, Relating, and Difference

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Responding and Relating: Response-Ability to Individuals, Relating, and Difference
Responding and relating: Response-ability to individuals, relating, and difference
Michael J.MazanecSteveDuck

Responsibility is a process that is taken and given, liberating and silencing, embraced and ignored—it has the possibility of being both our desire (“I want more responsibility at work”) and our burden (“Don't lay all the blame on me”). We are interested in the interplay of multiple, although not necessarily equal, discourses of responsibility that grant meaning to daily life. We distinguish this approach from a hollow plurality of responsibility that is assumed to be equally available to anyone to participate in. Instead, we treat discussions of responsibility as prefiguring certain assumptions about everyday life. Being able to respond, assigning responsibility, taking responsibility, and silencing responsibility are ...

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