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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, ...

Dialogues of Relating
Dialogues of relating
Leslie A.Baxter

The single adequate form for verbally expressing authentic human life is the open-ended dialogue. Life by its very nature is dialogic. To live means to participate in dialogue.

—Mikhail Bakhtin (1984, p. 293)

In writing this chapter, I invite you to join me in an intellectual conversation on the matter of how to think about interpersonal communication, relating, and personal relationships. About 15 years ago, I began rethinking my conception of, and approach to, interpersonal communication in the context of personal relationships—friendships, romantic relationships, marital relationships, and family relationships. I, like most interpersonal communication scholars of my generation, was trained in a tradition heavily influenced by social psychological assumptions, theories, and methods. Central to my rethinking process was my encounter with ...

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