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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, ...

Concluding Voices, Conversation Fragments, and a Temporary Synthesis
Concluding voices, conversation fragments, and a temporary synthesis
RobAnderson, Leslie A.Baxter, and Kenneth N.Cissna

At the end of a lengthy and complex project, we struggled particularly with one decision: How should we conclude the book? Although dialogue itself is to a significant extent ongoing and “unfinalizable,” as Bakhtin would say, publishing a book about it is a different story. Readers, being human, reasonably expect some sense of clarity as they turn to the final pages.

Regrettably, perhaps, we will not be able to provide much clarity in the traditional sense; certainly it is impossible to boil down our authors’ complex ideas to bullet points. We simply are not aware of tidy or definitive ways to summarize the sprawling dialogue research ...

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