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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, ...

Dialogue, Creativity, and Change
Dialogue, creativity, and change
SheilaMcNamee and JohnShotter

It seems odd to us to write about dialogue, creativity, and change without attempting to integrate explicitly the conversational partners with whom we are engaged. This means not only incorporating others’ ways of describing dialogue processes, but also embodying in our text our voices as respondents to each other. Thus, we begin this chapter with a transcript of a conversation we had about dialogue, creativity, and change. After our initial comments, we each take some time to elaborate our specific points. In this way, our hope is to present a chapter that is emblematic of open dialogue (Seikkula, Aaltonen, Alakara, Haarakangas, Keranen, & Sutela, 1995).

Our Conversation

John: Sheila, a central reason for my interest in dialogue is ...

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