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Voicing Relationships
A Dialogic Perspective



April 2010 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Extending on her 1996 seminal and award-winning book on relational dialectics theory, Relating Dialogues and Dialectics (co-authored with Barbara Montgomery), author Leslie Baxter presents the 'next generation' of the theory: relational dialogics theory.

This theory, and book, explores a greater nuanced understanding of the unity of opposites concept, presenting a more theoretically complex treatment of this and other key dialogic concepts. The text develops a rich palette of dialogic concepts useful in the study of communication and relationships and is centered around the following concepts: (1) relationships are profoundly situated process - voices are always embodied in a specific space and time; (2) relationships are constituted in communication - they are voiced through verbal and nonverbal communicative practices; (3) relationships come to mean through the interplay of multiple, differing discourses.

 
Preface
 
1. Introduction
Evaluation of RDT as a Theory  
Reworkings: Alternative Framings of Interpersonal Communication  
Overview of the Chapters  
 
2. Mikhail Bakhtin, Dialogism, and RDT
Bakhtin’s Life and Selected Key Works  
Bakhtin’s Dialogism 1919-1924  
Bakhtin’s Dialogism Post-1924  
Locating Bakhtin’s Theory of Dialogism in Communication Research  
Locating RDT in Bakhtin’s Dialogism  
 
3. Discursive Struggles of Culture
The Utterance Chain  
Distal Already-Spokens of Culture  
The Discursive Struggle of Integration  
The Discursive Struggle of Expression  
Conclusion  
 
4. Discursive Struggles of Relational History, Otherness, and Normative Evaluation
The Proximal Already-Spoken: Discursive Struggles of Relational History  
The Proximal Not-Yet-Spoken: Discursive Struggles of Otherness  
The Distal Not-Yet-Spoken: Discursive Struggles of Normative Evaluation  
Conclusion  
 
5. Centripetal-Centrifugal Struggle
Foregrounding Power in Centripetal-Centrifugal Struggle  
The Interplay of Discourses  
Communication Genres of Discursive Struggle  
Conclusion  
 
6. Doing Contrapuntal Analysis
Selecting Texts in Contrapuntal Analysis  
Identifying Competing Discourses  
Identifying the Interplay of Competing Discourses  
A Sample Contrapuntal Analysis: A “Dear Birth Mother” Letter  
Conclusion  
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Author

Whilst this text provides a comprehensive overview of relational dialogical concepts, it is too in depth for an introductory education studies course. Discussions around the role of social constructivism are particularly interesting and would be useful for students studying at post-graduate level.

Ms Lorraine Anne Loveland-Armour
Department of Education, Newman University
December 9, 2016

The author is using Bahtim's ideas to show the ways communication and relationship is established between people. A great read for anyone who is using symbolic interactionism theoretical framework

Ms Irena Loveikaite
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
April 14, 2016

Fantastic book however is not relevant for the course, but excellent for students to understand the wider aspects of the voicing relationships.

Mr Amer Shehzad
Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire
October 15, 2014

too advanced for my undergraduate class

Dr Molly Reynolds
Communication Dept, University Of Kentucky
March 3, 2014

The scope of the text is too specific.

Miss Joquina Reed
Language Literature Arts Dept, Texas A & M International University
June 10, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Ch 1. Introduction

Ch 3. Discursive Struggles of Culture


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