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In this book, Steve Duck, a founder of and prolific crossdisciplinary contributor to the field of relationships research, challenges students to re-examine their assumptions about relationships. Duck shows that in order to understand relationships properly, students must understand the roles that society, language, our taken-for-granted assumptions, and other people who share those assumptions play in the conduct of relationships.

Old and New Ways of Seeing Relationships
Old and new ways of seeing relationships

If this book “works,” then by the time you reach the end of it, you will think about relationships in an entirely new way.

That is a very large claim. In order to justify it, I must first prove that I have some idea of what you think about relationships at the moment. Then I need to show how I expect to change it, so that I make it worth your reading further. (I suppose I also have to convince you why my opinion is relevant. This book is not all about me, I assure you, but the publishers asked me to mention that in 1982, I cofounded the first ever international conference ...

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