Rethinking Relationships

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  • Copyright: 2010-08-31
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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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 this book, 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 'ťHow do people know their world?'Ł, 'ťHow much of what we know is individual knowledge and how much comes from groups and our personal relationships to other people?'Ł and 'ťHow does membership of relationships structure our experience, affect our ranges of knowledge, and organize our daily lives?'ŁThe 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 perspectivePedagogy 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.'ťPractical matters'Ł: students are directed to some issues in the chapter that have practical application in the broader social world beyond their academic or personal experiences.

Table of Contents

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?
A Preview of the Book
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
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
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
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
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
The Language of Relationships in a Social Order
Language in Social Orders
The Rhetorical Situation
Symbolic Structures in Talk: Metaphors in a Social Order
Stories about Relationships in the Social Order
Connection to the Next Chapter
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
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