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.
Leslie A. Baxter is F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa, where she has taught for 15 years. She has published over 130 books, book chapters, and articles on interpersonal and family communication. She is the recipient of many awards, including, from the National Communication Association, the Distinguished Scholar Award, the Bernard Brommel Family Communication Award, the Charles Woolbert Research Award, the Franklin Knower Article Award, and the Gerald Miller Book Award; the Berscheid-Hatfield Award from the International Association for Relationship Research (formerly INPR); and the inaugural WSCA Scholar Award from the Western States Communication Association.
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