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Biographical note: John Shotter is now
Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication,
of New Hampshire, and has begun to work as a consultant with KCC International
Center). His long term interest is in the social conditions conducive
to people having a voice in the development of participatory
and civil societies. He is the author of Images of Man in
Research (Methuen, 1975), Human Action and its Psychological
(with Alan Gauld, Routledge, 1977), Social Accountability and
(Blackwell, 1984), Cultural Politics of Everyday Life: Social
Rhetoric, and Knowing of the Third Kind (CP) (Open University Press
and Toronto University Press, 1993), and Conversational Realities:
Construction of Life through Language (CR) (Sage, 1993). In 1997 he
was an Overseas Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge and a Visiting
at The Swedish Institute of Work Life Research, Stockholm, Sweden (see
linked booklet written with Bjorn
Gustavsen in 1999).
He is a member of the Virtual
Faculty where a number of writings since CP and CR are posted. See
information also on the Discursive Therapy, Postgraduate Diploma being
offered at Massey University, NZ, and the references there to relevant
work in some of the course
materials. He is also a member of the LDI Core Community (the Learning Development Organization)
- see also papers posted on that site.
In recent times I have begun to look beyond current versions of
Constructionism, toward the surrounding circumstances making such a
possible. Indeed, many versions of Social Constructionism still seem to
me to be deeply 'infected' with the Cartesianism that in fact they aim
to overcome. They have not yet moved on from a world of dead,
structured activities to a world of living, embodied beings,
responsive to each other. The move first to a focus on joint action,
then to dialogically-structured or 'chiasmically organized'
(see Merleau-Ponty, 1968) activities, is a central part of my interest
in participatory modes of life and inquiry. In my "Social
book, I called my approach a social ecological one, and it is
this approach that I have returned. I will be posting my recent writing
along these lines below.
ADDRESS: Department of Communication, Horton Social Science Center,
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824-3586, U.S.A. e-mail
List of Publications and Conferences, etc.:
Some biographical details and an
of my Research program.
SOME WRITINGS IN THE RECENT PAST:
Must we 'work out'' how to act jointly?
of Herbert H. Clark, Using Language. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge
Press, 1996, 432pp. Theory and Psychology, 9, pp.129-133, 1999.
(In Southern Journal of
Inside dialogical realities: from an abstract-systematic to a
understanding of communication
(In Culture and Psychology) Seeing
Goethe's and Vygotsky's 'enabling theory-method'
(In Scandinavian Journal of
Inside an external world
(In Contemporary Psychology) Can
theorized. A review of Julian Henriques, Wendy Holloway, Cathy Urwin,
Venn, and Valerie Walkerdine: Changing the Subject: Psychology, Social
Regulation and Subjectivity. London and New York: Routledge (first
by Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1984)
(In Concepts and Transformations) The
organizations and the emergence of self-developing, conversational
A review of Theodore Zeldin, "Conversation." London: Harvill Press,
From within our lives together: the
structure of our 'inner worlds'. Paper given at 49th Annual Conference
of the International Communication Association, San Francisco, May
(Paper given at the ISTP Annual
Berlin, 27 April - 2 May, 1997). Now published in W. Maiers, B. Bayer,
B. Duarte Esgalhado, R. Jorna and E. Schraube (Eds.) Challenges to
Psychology. North York, CA: Captus Press.
Writing from within "living moments:"
rather than "aboutness-writing." First draft of a paper written for the
Fourth National 'Writing Across the Curriculum Conference: Multiple
Cornell, June 3rd-5th, 1999
Dialogue, depth, and life
responsive orders: from external observation to participatory
- Written for "Dialogues on Performing Knowledge," Stockholm, 21st-22nd
First draft of plenary paper given at UNH
Social Construction and Relational Practices, Sept 16th-19th, 1999: "At
the Boundaries of Being: Re-Figuring Intellectual Life."
Globalization: a single order of
mechanical connectedness, versus a dialogically-structured, living,
relatedness. Paper prepared for: Globalizations: Cultural, Economic,
Democratic, Conference held at College Park, University of Maryland,
April 11th- 14th, 2002.
Cartesian change, chiasmic change: the power
of living expression, paper presented at the Second International
Conference on the Dialogical Self: Meaning as Movement, Gent, Belgium,
Oct 18th, 2002
Conversational realities: from within
persons to within relationships (short outline of "Knowing of the third
kind") Paper prepared for The Discursive Construction of Knowledge
Conference. University of Adelaide, Feb. 21st- 25th, 1994
Beyond social constructionism: re-thinking
the Cartesian subject/agent First draft of chapter for Sibel Arkonac
(Ed.) Doing Psychology in Non-Western Societies. Bašlam Publications
Acknowledging unique others: ethics, "expressive
realism," and social constructionism
The role of
‘withness’-thinking in ‘going on’ inside chiasmically-structured processes.
Draft paper for keynote address at the first
Organization Studies Summer Workshop:
on Theorizing Process in Organizational Research, Santorini, June 12-13th, 2005
- Vygotsky, Bakhtin, Goethe:
consciousness and the dynamics of voice. Draft for talk given in the Department of Communication, University of
California at San Diego, May 3rd, 2006
- “Organizing multi-voiced
organizations: action guiding anticipations and the continuous creation of novelty”Draft of a paper
given at the Polyphony and Dialogism as Ways of Organizing Conference, University of Essex, April 29th-30th, 2006
(a continuation of the theme broached in the Taos and San Diego papers above –
to do with what is “seen or heard but unnoticed” (Garfinkel) in our everyday talk with each other,
that helps to guide us in organizing the intricate, practical details of our encounters with each other).
- Tom Andersen's way of being Tom Andersen.
Talk given at The 12th International Meeting on the Treatment of Psychosis in Palanga,
Lithuania, August 29th -September 2nd, 2007
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