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“Anderson, Baxter, and Cissna provide readers with a valuable primer on the concept of dialogue as it relates to specific issues of communication…. The list of contributors reads like a Who's Who in the field of dialogue and communication…. Highly recommended.”
Dialogue: Theorizing Difference in Communication Studies is the first anthology of work on dialogic approaches to communication that offers a state-of-the-art collection of original essays in this emerging research area. Editors Rob Anderson, Leslie A. Baxter, and Kenneth N. Cissna have gathered the most respected scholars in the field to describe their research projects, discuss critical elements of dialogue, and anticipate the evolution of the study of dialogue. With a foreword by Julia T. Wood, contributors include James R. Taylor, Stanley Deetz and Jennifer Simpson, ...
Chapter 1: Texts and Contexts of Dialogue
Texts and Contexts of Dialogue
It is one thing to assume that the primary purpose of communication is to get a message across, to shape up others’ behavior, or to teach new information, as dominant traditions of teaching and research about the topic often appear to suggest. Yet it is quite another matter to recognize that at times these functions can be limiting or destructive even when they can seem most efficient. Understanding the potential for dialogue complicates any study of communication, because it necessarily widens our conversation about value, ethics, relation, reflexivity, mutually engaged performance, community, and responsibility.
Once we take dialogue seriously, it becomes harder to treat language as a compendium of labels, as a ...