T he title, Celebrating the Other, is based on Clark and Holquist's (1984) reference to Mikhail Bakhtin's dialogic theory as a celebration of alterity. Like Bakhtin's work, mine is designed to provide a long overdue celebration of the other. For too long our major cultural and scientific views have been monologic and self celebratory - focusing more on the leading protagonist and the supporting cast that he has assembled for his performances than on others as viable people in their own right. Time now to celebrate the other - not only to set the record of our understanding straight but, of equal importance, to give voice, and in their own register and form, to those who have been condemned to silence.
Preface -- Prologue -- The Context of Power -- Conceptual Dilemmas -- Monologism: Celebrating the Self -- Possessive Individualism and the Self-contained Ideal -- Psychology’s Celebration of the Self -- A Most Peculiar Self -- The Enlightened Suppression of the Other -- Dialogism: Celebrating the Other -- Celebrating the Other -- The Multiple Voices of Human Nature -- Shared Ownership -- Power and the Suppression of the Other in Dialogism -- Implications -- Dialogic Ethics -- Democratization and Human Nature