Compass of Friendship Narratives, Identities, and Dialogues

ISBN-10: 1412952972

ISBN-13: 9781412952972

Edition: 2009

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Friendship presents us with moments of significant choice in shaping our selves, other persons, relationships, and communities. But: What is the reach of friendship? How far can its practices extend in addressing significant similarities and differences arising between persons? How do close friends versus broader social involvements and participation serve well-being, identity formation, and life satisfaction? What happens to friendships in coursing across public and private circumstances? How might personal and civic friendships serve individual and community well-being? Just how useful and realistic are the ideals and activities of friendship for serving the well-lived life of individuals, groups, and larger collectivities?In Living Friendship, noted teacher, scholar, and writer Bill Rawlins explores these and other questions. Using a variety of examples and cases from literature, film, and everyday life, the book examines what conceptions of personal and civic friendship teach us about living responsibly with similarities and differences, and living in ways that facilitate both personal autonomy and social connection. Throughout the book the capacities of communicating in a spirit of friendship for co-creating and making choices with others are emphasized.
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Book details

List price: $69.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/22/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

William K. Rawlins (Ph.D., Temple University) is Stocker Professor in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. His book, Friendship Matters: Communication, Dialectics, and the Life Course, was selected as an Outstanding Academic Book for 1993 by the editors of Choice, and received the Gerald R. Miller Book Award in 1994 from the Interpersonal and Small Group Interaction Division of the National Communication Association. In 2002 he received The Theory That Has Left a Legacy Award: "The Dialectical Perspective" from the Communication Theory Interest Group of the Central States Communication Association. Over the past 25 years, Professor Rawlins has published extensively about the unique challenges and dialectical tensions of communicating in friendships. Bill teaches courses in communication in friendships across the life course, interpersonal and relational communication, communication theory, dialogue and experience, interpretive and ethnographic inquiry, communication and narrative, and Gregory Bateson and communication theory. While at Purdue University, he received the W. Charles Redding Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Department of Communication five times, the School of Liberal Arts Departmental Educational Excellence Award for 2000-2001, and the School of Liberal Arts Educational Excellence Award for 2002-2003.

Introduction: Living Friendship
Making Choices as Communicators: Similarity, Difference, Individuation, and Participation
Perceiving Similarities and Differences
Negotiating Contexts, Making Choices, and Creating Meanings
Constructing Similarities and Differences of Self and Others
Achieving and (Mis)Perceiving Identities Through the Dialectic of Individuation and Participation
Categories and Identity Construction
Modes of the Dialectic of Individuation and Participation
Communicating Friendship: A Dialogue of Narratives and a Narrative of Dialogues
Storytelling Between Friends
Practicing Dialogue Between Friends
Narratives, Dialogues, and Friendships
Interweaving Narrative and Dialogue in Discourses of Friendship
Conclusion
Making Meanings With Friends: Two Women?s Storytelling and Dialogue
Beginning the Conversation and the Story of Karen and Chris?s Friendship
Narrating Diverging Life Paths
Sharing Stories of Divorces and Traveling Together
Side Two of the Tape ? Conversing About Pets and Policies
Performing a Dialogue of Narratives About Conjunctive Freedoms
Interweaving Narratives and Dialogue in the Talk of Two Friends
Talking With College Students About Frontiers and Frustrations of Cross-Sex Friendships
Debating Cross-Sex Friendship
Addressing Students? Positions on Cross-Sex Friendship
Conclusion
Pursuing Cross-Race Friendships in Personal, Sociocultural, and Historical Contexts
Constrained Cross-Race Friendship
Blacks and Whites Engaging in Friendships: Asymmetrical Challenges and Edifying Practices
Recognizing Meaningfully Whole Persons and Contingent Identities
Accomplishing Cross-Race Friendship
Making Choices, Learning Lessons, and Serving Social Becoming Through Cross-Race Friendships
Embracing Ethical and Political Potentials of Friendships
Ethical Practices of Friendships
Political Practices of Friendships
Friendships and Social Change
Limitations of Political Friendships
The Compass of Friendship
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