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Rethinking Relationships
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In this book, Steve Duck, a founder of and prolific crossdisciplinary contributor to the field of relationships research, challenges students to re-examine their assumptions about relationships. Duck shows that in order to understand relationships properly, students must understand the roles that society, language, our taken-for-granted assumptions, and other people who share those assumptions play in the conduct of relationships. By analyzing talk and the material circumstances of our everyday lives, the author provides a number of features that help students apply the information to their own lives:

  • Questions to Ask Your Friends: By discussing issues with their friends, students are able to see the cultural and social basis of some of their assumptions
  • Discussion Questions: These questions provide thought-provoking topics for individual reflection or class discussion
  • Listen in on Your Own Life: This feature asks students to find examples in their own lives and those of their friends

 
1. Old and New Ways of Seeing Relationships
What Do Relationships Do For You?  
A Brisk Look at Research and Assumptions  
A Different Approach  
Do Relationships Make You Who You Are?  
References  
A Preview of the Book  
 
2. Personal and Social Orders: Relating, Meaning and Talking
Two Important Ideas: Social and Personal Orders of the New World  
The Social Order and the Language of Relationships  
References  
 
3. What Has Personality Got to Do With Relationships?
What Is Personality Anyway?  
The Early Years: Formation of Personality and Relationship Style  
How Does Personality Connect to Relationships?  
The Answer  
References  
 
4. The Bodily Materiality of Relating
Symbolically Connecting the Material World to the Social World  
The Material World and Sociability  
Experienceing a Material Self  
Physical Experiences the Influence Relationships  
Conclusion  
References  
 
5. Sense and Sensuality: The Relationship Between Sexual Activity and Knowledge of the World
Physical Performance of Emotions and Feelings  
Sex and Society  
Three Theories of Sexual Epistemics  
Epistemics and Various Social Orders  
References  
 
6. Wealth, Place, Gifts, and Rituals: The Material Structures and Practices of Relational Experience
The Material Circumstances of Relationships  
Material Social Circumstances and Relationships  
Material Gifts and Relationships  
Conclusion  
References  
 
7. The Language of Relationships in a Social Order
Language in a Social Order  
The Rhetorical Situation  
Symbolic Structures in Talk: Metaphors in a Social Order  
Stories About Relationships in the Social Order  
Connection to the Next Chapter  
References  
 
8. Talk and Speaking Personal Orders
The Surroundings of Conversation  
Forms of Talk and Speaking  
Getting to Know You: Unscrambling Another Person's World of Meaning  
The New Look at Relationships  
References  
 
Index
 
About the Author

Layout should be improved. This form ist not student-friendly. Most students are interesseted in modern textbook that are more colourful etc.

Mr Robert Neuhaus
Psychology , Ruhr University Bochum
February 16, 2011

This is an incredibly usefull and inovative view of Relationships. Duck has re-adressed the fundamental developmental aspects of relationships within a psychological perspective. It relates clearly to Humanistic priciples and Sociology in the modern world. There are numerous parts of this book that directly connect to the reality of Counselling today. A valued read for trainees and experinced professionals alike.

Mr Mike Bancroft
Counselling, Alton College
February 7, 2011

The book contains some very interesting analysis with thought provoking ideas. It will be useful across modules not just the current one the students are studying. It examines the complexities of relationships in changing and challenging times and enables students to critique everyday life connecting theory and practice.

Ms Gill Hughes
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Hull University
December 15, 2010
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Key features

Key Features:

  • Questions to Ask Your Friends: By discussing issues with their friends, students are able to see the cultural and social basis of some of their assumptions
  • Discussion Questions: These questions provide thought-provoking topics for individual reflection or class discussion
  • Listen in on Your Own Life: This feature asks students to find examples in their own lives and those of their friends

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