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Communication and Community

Implications of Martin Buber's Dialogue

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Ronald C. Arnett. Foreword by Maurice Friedman

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NLEB (Other formats: Paperback)
978-0-8093-8319-1
240 pages, 5.5 x 8.5
12/01/1986

 

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Martin Buber’ s work suggests that real life begins with two individ­uals engaged in dialogue, not just taking care of one’ s own needs as described in social Darwinism.
 
Arnett argues that the end of the age of abundance demands that we give up the communica­tive strategies of the past and seek to work together in the midst of limited resources and an uncertain future. Today’ s situa­tion calls for an unwavering commitment to Buber’ s “ narrow ridge” concern for both self and community.
 
Arnett illustrates the narrow ridge definition of interpersonal communication with rich ex­amples. His vignettes demon­strate effective and ineffective approaches to human communi­ty. An effective approach, he makes clear, incorporates not only openness to others’ points of view but also a willingness to be persuaded.
 

Authors/Editors

Ronald C. Arnett is Chair and Associate Professor of Inter­personal Communication at Marquette University.