Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

September 1996

Publication Source

Systems Research

Volume

13

Issue

3

Start Page

311

Last Page

328

DOI

10.1002/(SICI)1099-1735(199609)13:3<311::AID-SRES106>3.0.CO;2-O

Abstract

In the spirit of second-order cybernetics, human communication is reconceptualized by including in the process not only its theorists but also their observed Others without whom social reality is inconceivable. This essay examines several versions of otherness, how the voices of Others survive social scientific inquiries, the dialogical spaces made available for people to build their home, and the kinds of citizenship encouraged. The essay draws attention to the epistemological limits of different inquiring practices and seeks to expand the range of possibilities for humans to see each Other.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This is the accepted version of the article which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1099-1735(199609)13:3<311::AID-SRES106>3.0.CO;2-O

Keywords

cybernetics, human communication, languaging, embodied practices, re-entry, accounts, social theory, social inquiry, otherness, observer, I, it, you, thou, trivial/nontrivial machines, dialogue, agency, emancipation, epistemology, methodology, politics of research

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Date Posted: 07 March 2008

This document has been peer reviewed.