Bodies in Dialogue: Arriving at Thresholds of Dialogic Connections

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Communication Studies


As a place where identities are constructed and shared, dialogue is one such interpersonal context ripe with potential to transform our understandings of Self and Other. Much research pertaining to dialogue notes the importance of maintaining a state of anticipation for moments of dialogue to present themselves. However, largely missing in the ongoing conversation about dialogue is the way in which we place ourselves in states of dialogic anticipation through our bodies. Through the use of representative anecdotes, I illustrate the ways in which bodies facilitate our stepping up to the threshold of dialogue to foster states of anticipation for genuine dialogic meetings. In doing so, I illustrate how we come to embody radical moments of dialogic potential in everyday life.

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Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies