Joint Action: Essays in honour of John Shotter brings together a cross-disciplinary group of fifteen respected international scholars to explain the relevance of John Shotter’s work to emerging concerns in twenty-first century social science.
Shotter’s work extends over forty years and continues to challenge conventional scientific thinking across a range of topics. The disciplines and practices that Shotter’s work has informed are well established throughout the English-speaking world. This is the first publication to examine the importance of his influence in contemporary social sciences and it includes authoritative discussions on topics such as social constructionism, democratic practice, organisational change, the affective turn and human relations. The geographical diversity and disciplinary breadth of scholarly contributions imbues the book with international scope and reach.
Joint Action presents a contemporary reflection on Shotter’s work that demonstrates its influence across a range of substantive topics and practical endeavours and within disciplines including management studies and philosophy as well as psychology. As such, it will appeal to researchers and postgraduate students of social sciences and related disciplines, as well as to those who have heard of Shotter’s work and want to know more about its utility and value in relation to their own research or practice.
Table of Contents
1. Refracting Shotter Tim Corcoran and John Cromby 2. John Shotter, uniqueness and poetics: Parallels with Ernst Cassirer Michael Billig 3. "Images of ‘Man’": One revolution around another (in roughly forty winks) Betty M. Bayer 4. Well, err; actually…: John’s battle with language and certainty Andy Lock 5. Critique, construction and confluence: Journeying with John Shotter Kenneth J. Gergen 6. The ethics of relational process: John Shotter’s Radical Presence Sheila McNamee 7. On being good researchers: Virtue, sympathetic co-experience and polyphonic unmasking James Cresswell and Cor Baerveldt 8. With feeling John Cromby 9. Responsive improvisation: The shape of emergent dialogue John W. Lannamann 10. The power of the particular: Notes for an organisational science of singularities Haridimos Tsoukas 11. Twenty-one words that made a difference: Shifting paradigms Ann L. Cunliffe 12. Suppose Shotter had not read Dreyfus? Tom Strong 13. Anticipating hope Tim Corcoran 14. Constructing goes live: Soft self/other differentiation, sound processes and legein Dian Marie Hosking 15. John Shotter’s contribution to a better way Rom Harré
Tim Corcoran is Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Critical Psychology at The Victoria Institute, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. He has extensive experience in educational psychology as a school psychologist and academic. His work has involved teaching, research and professional practice in Australia, the UK, Singapore and Iraq. He edited Psychology in education: Critical theory~practice (2014), an international collection of contributions examining critical approaches to educational psychology. More recently he co-edited Disability studies: Educating for inclusion (2015) and Critical Educational Psychology (2016).
John Cromby is Reader in Psychology in the School of Management at the University of Leicester, UK. He has worked in the areas of intellectual impairment, mental health and drug addiction, and taught psychology at the universities of Loughborough, Bradford and Nottingham. He is the co-editor of ‘Social Constructionist Psychology: a critical analysis of theory and practice’ (1999); the co-author of Psychology, Mental Health and Distress (2013; winner of a British Psychological Society ‘Book of the Year’ award); and the author of ‘Feeling Bodies: embodying psychology’ (2015).