Rethinking Relationships

Rethinking Relationships

By: Steve Duck (author)Paperback

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Relationships are far more than emotional attachments or bonds. They are not merely happy, emotionally satisfying elements of our lives but they significantly shape our experiences of the world and contribute to our senses of identity, our outlook on life, and even the way in which we think about things. In Rethinking Relationships, noted human relationship scholar and professor, Steve Duck, integrates diverse systems of thought and offers a new and distinct way to think about relationships and relating. The book deals with such questions as "How do people know their world?", "How much of what we know is individual knowledge and how much comes from groups and our personal relationships to other people?" and "How does membership of relationships structure our experience, affect our ranges of knowledge, and organize our daily lives?" The book introduces a variety of communicative situations by means of which individuals establish, reconstitute, and demonstrate their membership of communities and relationships. However, the book also develops the idea that these relational activities serve epistemic functions, which is to say that they construct, constrain, or facilitate means through which a person knows and experiences the world. Relationships are more than satisfying reliable alliances with others; rather they are communicative loci where the person's knowledge of life is shaped, formed, and interpreted. Thus relationships are both an influence on our ways of thinking and also are places where we sculpt our identity and learn or modify our worth to others. Features & Benefits: * Interdisciplinary approach and draws on the conceptual frameworks for many different scholarly traditions, providing the reader with a truly holistic perspective * Pedagogy that connects the material to students' lives: * "Try this out" section in each chapter indicates ways in which students can employ the concepts used in the chapter. Students are encouraged and directed to refer the abstract concepts discussed in the chapter to their own daily experience. * "Look for this in the media": students are guided to discover examples of a concept as presented by TV and other media. * "Listen to your own conversations": students are encouraged to attend carefully to their own conversations and glean evidence to illustrate items discussed in each chapter. * "Keep a journal": students are encouraged to keep a journal for class discussion and will be asked to record and report on their observations about experiences in their daily life that would help to illustrate the chapter concepts. * "Self questions": students are presented at the end of each chapter with a number of questions that invite them to reflect on their own performance of relationships. * "Practical matters": students are directed to some issues in the chapter that have practical application in the broader social world beyond their academic or personal experiences.

About Author

Steve Duck taught in the United Kingdom before taking up the Daniel and Amy Starch Distinguished Research Chair in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa. He has been a professor of communication studies, an adjunct professor of psychology, a former Dean's Administrative Fellow and is now Chair of the Rhetoric Department. He has taught interpersonal communication courses, mostly on relationships but also on nonverbal communication, communication in everyday life, construction of identity, communication theory, organizational leadership, and procedures and practices for leaders. More recently he has taught composition, speaking and rhetoric, especially for STEM students. By training an interdisciplinary thinker, Steve has focused on the development and decline of relationships, although he has also done research on the dynamics of television production techniques and persuasive messages in health contexts. Steve has written or edited 60 books on relationships and other matters and was the founder and, for the first 15 years, the Editor of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. His book Meaningful Relationships: Talking, Sense, and Relating won the G. R. Miller Book Award from the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association. Steve co-founded a series of international conferences on personal relationships. He won the University of Iowa's first Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award in 2001 and the National Communication Association's Robert J. Kibler Memorial Award in 2004 for "dedication to excellence, commitment to the profession, concern for others, vision of what could be, acceptance of diversity, and forthrightness." He was the 2010 recipient of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Helen Kechriotis Nelson Teaching Award for a lifetime of excellence in teaching and in the same year was elected one of the National Communication Association's Distinguished Scholars. He hopes to sit on the Iron Throne and be famous.


1. Old and New Ways of Seeing Relationships What Do Relationships Do For You? A Brisk Look at Research and Assumptions A Different Approach Do Relationships Make You Who You Are? References A Preview of the Book 2. Personal and Social Orders: Relating, Meaning and Talking Two Important Ideas: Social and Personal Orders of the New World The Social Order and the Language of Relationships References 3. What Has Personality Got to Do With Relationships? What Is Personality Anyway? The Early Years: Formation of Personality and Relationship Style How Does Personality Connect to Relationships? The Answer References 4. The Bodily Materiality of Relating Symbolically Connecting the Material World to the Social World The Material World and Sociability Experienceing a Material Self Physical Experiences the Influence Relationships Conclusion References 5. Sense and Sensuality: The Relationship Between Sexual Activity and Knowledge of the World Physical Performance of Emotions and Feelings Sex and Society Three Theories of Sexual Epistemics Epistemics and Various Social Orders References 6. Wealth, Place, Gifts, and Rituals: The Material Structures and Practices of Relational Experience The Material Circumstances of Relationships Material Social Circumstances and Relationships Material Gifts and Relationships Conclusion References 7. The Language of Relationships in a Social Order Language in a Social Order The Rhetorical Situation Symbolic Structures in Talk: Metaphors in a Social Order Stories About Relationships in the Social Order Connection to the Next Chapter References 8. Talk and Speaking Personal Orders The Surroundings of Conversation Forms of Talk and Speaking Getting to Know You: Unscrambling Another Person's World of Meaning The New Look at Relationships References Index About the Author

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  • ISBN13: 9781412958769
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9781412958769
  • weight: 310
  • ISBN10: 1412958768

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