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Ch. 8 Relationships and Culture

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Unformatted text preview: tion occurs in relationships. in FOUR PARTS TO BUBER’S THEORY THEORY 1. The I –It approach The –It dehumanizes people – focuses on people as objects or things v. human beings. We put people at a distance, so we don’t have to deal with them. with FOUR PARTS TO BUBER’S THEORY THEORY 2. Relationships are fluid and unpredictable. 2. We must account for the unknown or for all the possibilities that can occur in living and changing relationship. and FOUR PARTS TO BUBER’S THEORY THEORY 3. Buber’s theory suggests an ethic of 3. responsibility – a consideration of another. Whether someone is close to you or a stranger, you have an obligation to treat the person with generosity and to to recognize your own biases and limitations. To see yourself in a relationship with another s a caring orientation – a gesture of goodwill. orientation FOUR PARTS TO BUBER’S THEORY THEORY 4. If we want to have the relationship, we If must make an effort to accommodate, rather than expect or demand that she or he adapt to our way or give in to what we want. want. According to Buber, if we try to use these According guidelines in our relationships, we can truly call any relationship and communication RELATIONAL. communication ILLUSTRATING BUBER’S THEORY THEORY Archie's Unexpected Surprise QUESTIONS QUESTIONS Did Archie treat Lionel, Mr. Jefferson or Did his wife as objects v. human beings? Given Archie’s prejudice, his reaction to Given his niece going on a date with Lionel was predictable – he thought it was wrong. So, can we safely say Archie does not account for other possibilities in relationships? What could he have done to change this? What QUESTIONS QUESTIONS Does Archie exh...
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