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Relational BeingBeyond Self and Community$
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Kenneth J. Gergen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199846269

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199846269.001.0001

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In the Beginning Is the Relationship

In the Beginning Is the Relationship

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Relational Being

Kenneth J. Gergen

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the concept of co-action, or the process of collaborative action from which all meaning is generated. It argues that co-action results in meaningful realities, rationalities, and moralities and gives rise to a world of bounded entities while also allowing opportunities to establish alternative worlds. It considers the commonly accepted boundaries between self and other, along with the constructed character of bounded being. It also explores a vision of insoluble connectivity and describes thrust into presence as a process of relationship from which the very conception of separated entities emerges. After discussing the constraints and potentials of co-action, the chapter concludes by explaining human relations and challenging the traditional assumption of cause and effect, with emphasis on human action within a relational confluence.

Keywords:   co-action, collaborative action, bounded entities, self, other, bounded being, human relations, cause and effect, human action, relationship

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