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The PossibleA Sociocultural Theory$
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Vlad P. Glăveanu

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197520499

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197520499.001.0001

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(p.124) 6 Dialogue
The Possible

Vlad P. Glăveanu

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the kinds of perspectival dialogue that often emerge out of meta-positions. Meta-positions make us sensitive to the fact that there are more positions and perspectives to consider in any given situation, and perspectival dialogues help us connect positions and their perspectives in a productive manner. The notion of dialogue is useful to conceptualize the ways in which perspectives relate to each other as perspectives rather than absolute truths. Being in dialogue is marked by both addressivity and emergence, characterized by a dynamic balance between immersion and detachment and expressed in the two interrelated movements of integrating and differentiating perspectives. These characteristics, on the one hand, point us to the sociocultural origin of perspectival dialogues and, on the other, reinforce the idea that there is always a surplus to be gained when engaging in perspectival dialogues.

Keywords:   dialogue, emergence, flow, habitus, reflexivity, unifying perspectives, diversifying perspectives

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