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Edited by Michael Huspek and Gary P. Radford
Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 1997

An essential theme running through Transgressing Discourses: Communication and the Voice of Other is the idea that our efforts to engage other, as well as other's efforts to engage us, have been seriously impaired because of problems which are fundamentally communicative in nature. More specifically, there is general agreement among the contributors that the voice of other has not been sufficiently heard, and this on account of how discourses of the human sciences, as well as other dominant discourses (e.g. law) have structured our interaction with other. Each of the essays helps to clarify the nature of the communicative failing and to develop an appropriate corrective action.


Communication and the Voice of Other, Michael Huspek, California State University at San Marcos

Textual Violence in Academe: On Writing With Respect for One's Others, John Shotter, University of New Hampshire

Seeing Oneself Through Others' Eyes in Social Inquiry, Klaus Krippendorff, University of Pennsylvania

Unheard Voices from Unknown Places: Saving the Subject for Science, Lenore Langsdorf, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Foucault on the "Other Within", Michael Huspek, California State University at San Marcos

Foucault Inserted: Philosophy, Struggle, and Transgression, Gary P. Radford, Fairleigh Dickinson University

An Attempt to Contribute to the Rhetoric of Science Movement: From Monologue to Dialogue, Branislav Kovacic, University of Hartford, Donald P. Cushman, State University of New York at Albany and Robert C. MacDougall, State University of New York at Albany

Establishing Interdependence in Employee-Owned Democratic Organizations, Teresa M. Harrison, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Transcribing the Body and Materializing the Subject: Women's Victim Narratives in Penalty Phase Testimony, Sara Cobb, Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara, CA

Channel Surfing for Rape and Resistance on Court TV, Lynn Comerford, University of San Diego

Insiders in the Body: Communication, Multiple Personalities, and the Body Politic, Jospeph Gemin, University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh

Defining Occupational Disease: An Archaeology of Medical Knowledge, Alan G. Gross, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Shooting Downwind: Depicting the Radiated Body in Epidemiology and Documentary Photography, Bryan C. Taylor, University of Colorado at Boulder

The Limits of Communication: Lyotard and Levinas on Otherness, Andrew R. Smith, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Transgressing Discourses, The Voice of Other, and Kant's Foggy Island of Truth, Gary P. Radford, Fairleigh Dickinson University


"The basic theme of this volume is excellent. Readers are treated to fascinating explorations of communication at the boundaries between discourses and selves. The essays address important theoretical issues, and do so often by treating significant social issues. Most welcome is the constructive tone that is for the most part maintained throughout the volume, demonstrating an effort to understand, engage, and critically assess different discourses and selves (and others) at once, without valorizing one over the other.

"This volume is engaging to read. It addresses important theoretical issues from styles of academic writing and arguing, to subjectivities, to Foucault's notions of discourse, struggle, and blank space, to otherness, to social constructions of the body. Additionally, significant social issues are addressed from legal and medical proceedings, to rape, to effects of radiation. Combining these ideas with these issues, and addressing the general theme of boundaries between discourses and selves, takes the reader through a rich and fascinating set of theoretical materials and social dynamics."

-- Donal Carbaugh, author of Situating Selves: The Communication of Social Identities in American Scenes

Michael Huspek is Associate Professor of Communication at California State University, San Marcos. Gary P. Radford is Associate Professor of Communication at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey.

A volume in the SUNY series, Human Communication Processes

Donald P. Cushman and Ted J. Smith III, editors

State University of New York Press
320 pages May 1997

Paperback ISBN 0-7914-3354-4
hardcover ISBN 0-7914-3353-6

State University of New York Press
State University Plaza
Albany, NY 12246-0001

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