Voicing Relationships: A Dialogic Perspective

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    Preface

    Writing this book was an experience in dialogic expansiveness: although the words written on the page are under my authorship, they are infiltrated with the words of many others who have engaged my thinking and improved the quality of my efforts. I thank first the many co-authors and students over the past decade and a half who have engaged me in dialogue about Bakhtin's notions of dialogue. I have benefitted especially from co-authorships with Dawn Braithwaite and exchanges with members of my 2007 and 2009 graduate seminars on dialogism. I value the long conversation I had with Barbara Montgomery in which I talked through the outline of the book and benefitted from her insights and support. I thank, as well, the following Sage reviewers of the initial draft of this book:

    • Tamara D. Afifi, University of California, Santa Barbara
    • Melissa Wood Alemán, James Madison University
    • Dawn O. Braithwaite, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    • Kenneth N. Cissna, University of South Florida
    • Daena Goldsmith, Lewis and Clark College
    • Glen H. Stamp, Ball State University
    • Julia T. Wood, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    You gave me detailed and thoughtful comments, and the volume is better for taking seriously both the comments with which I agreed and those with which I initially disagreed. Thanks are due, as well, to my longstanding Sage editor, Todd R. Armstrong. Todd proved once again that he is a wise thinker on a multitude of levels. I thank, as well, the members of the editorial staff at Sage who continue to bring me back to Sage whenever I have an idea for a book—working with them is a joy.

    I also want to express my thanks to Purdue University Press for granting permission to reprint in Chapter 2 most of an essay I authored for Pat Arneson's 2007 edited volume, Perspectives on Philosophy of Communication (“Mikhail Bakhtin and the Philosophy of Dialogism,” pp. 247–268).

    Finally, I thank my daughter, Emma, who helps me realize, on most days, the joys of being her mother. Emma, more than anyone, has taught me the value of celebrating diverse discourses. She will have to read this book someday when she's older to understand what that means!

    Leslie A.BaxterIowa City, IA
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    About the Author

    Leslie A. Baxter is F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa, where she has taught for 15 years. She has published over 130 books, book chapters, and articles on interpersonal and family communication. She is the recipient of many awards, including, from the National Communication Association, the Distinguished Scholar Award, the Bernard Brommel Family Communication Award, the Charles Woolbert Research Award, the Franklin Knower Article Award, and the Gerald Miller Book Award; the Berscheid-Hatfield Award from the International Association for Relationship Research (formerly INPR); and the inaugural WSCAScholar Award from the Western States Communication Association.


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