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ERIC Number: ED412581
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 40
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Rethinking Conflict through the Dialectical Glasses of Relational Dialectics.
Carlin, Diane W.
Recently, communication researchers have suggested that dialectics may offer a different way of looking at mediation, organizational conflict, and the fundamental oppositions of interpersonal bonding. Leslie Baxter and Barbara Montgomery, through their relational dialectics perspective, have claimed a dialogical conceptualization of interpersonal/relational communication based upon very different assumptions than those of other interpersonal communication dialogic theorists. The paper explores the set of presuppositions inherent in relational dialectics that act as eyeglasses colored by the biases of a dialectical world view which Baxter and Montgomery fail to remove from their noses when using their "Bakhtinian eye." First the paper gives an overview of conflict theorists' shared interests in the dialectical perspective and the significance of relational dialectics. Then it summarizes Baxter and Montgomery's recent relational dialectics position and their two stances on interpersonal conflict. The paper then presents an interpretation of the implications for their dialectical position on conflict with a Bakhtinian critique. Although the converging of the dialectical and dialogical approaches to interpersonal communication has not been fully realized in relational dialectics, the paper concludes that Baxter and Montgomery have lit the way for a richer communication perspective of conflict which requires the "creative understanding" of both--they have given conflict researchers and theorists a look at the potential of dialogism for interpersonal communication and conflict. (Contains a table, 10 notes, and 157 references). (NKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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