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Relational Moves and Generative Dances
Relational moves and generative dances
IanBurkitt

The present move to a relational notion of selves is one that is most welcome in the social sciences. As Sheila McNamee and Kenneth Gergen so rightly point out, the whole idea of responsibility and justice in the West is based on the assumption of the isolated, rational actor whose agency is entirely a subjective matter. This notion of agency centers on the figure of a lone individual whose intentions, plans, understanding, and control over actions apparently takes place in a world without others-at least at the point where these inner deliberations are taking place. Instead of this view, what the project of relational responsibility suggests to me is a new way of making human agency ...

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