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By: David L. Cooperrider & Diana Whitney

In: Relational Responsibility: Resources for Sustainable Dialogue

Chapter 4: When Stories Have Wings: How Relational Responsibility Opens New Options for Action

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When Stories Have Wings: How Relational Responsibility Opens New Options for Action
When stories have wings: How relational responsibility opens new options for action
David L.CooperriderDianaWhitney

Has social contructionism any practical use? What might it mean in practical terms to address the myriad issues related to “responsibility” in America's inner cities—where the issues of housing, crime, poverty, education, and fractured family relations dominate our media and sap the hope of the most idealistic citizens and optimistic new leaders? Can anyone really argue that traditional ways of talking about and nurturing responsibility—in which the individual serves as the originary source and to whom we apply devices of correction and restoration—is the way forward in the future? What alternatives open up to us when responsibility is constructed in relational terms, ...

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