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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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Bonds, Barricades, and Beyond

Bonds, Barricades, and Beyond

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(p.171) 6 Bonds, Barricades, and Beyond
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Relational Being
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Kenneth J. Gergen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199846269.003.0007

This chapter focuses on the processes, potentials, and problems of social bonding, along with dialogic practices for restoring relationship between antagonistic parties. It first considers why and how bonding occurs and why it does not. It then examines the collateral costs of cementing relationships and argues that every thrust toward bonding also gives rise to dangerous barricades. It also explains how the destructive consequences of individualism return once bonding is secured, and how the bonded relationship simply replaces one form of bounded being with another. Finally, the chapter discusses the challenge of transformative dialogue and how it moves across barriers of antipathy.

Keywords:   social bonding, relationship, barricades, individualism, bounded being, transformative dialogue, antipathy

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