Dialogical Self Theory

In an increasingly compressed world in which people are confronted with their apparent differences, dialogue is the most promising form of communication for bringing people together, yet acknowledging their personal, social, and cultural differences. In this situation there an increasing need of theories, methods, and practices that can be used not only to study but also to stimulate dialogical relationships between multi-voiced selves in a globalizing world. Dialogical Self Theory (DST), devised as a ‘bridging theory,’ is well-equipped to realize these purposes. DST aims to stimulated dialogue on three interconnected levels: personal, focusing on the multiplicity of voices in a dialogical self; social, stimulating dialogue within and between social groups; and global, fostering dialogue between cultural identities in a boundary-crossing world. Since its first publication in the American Psychologist in 1992, DST has attracted a great diversity of scientists and practitioners across the boundaries of countries, cultures, and disciplines. According to a counting in 2019, based on Web of Science, the Theory is applied in more than 90 countries. The present book series is an initiative of the International Society for Dialogical Science (ISDS). This Society, open to payed membership since 2019, is launched to enable members to exchange their specific expertise and to make productive use of DST as a linking conceptual framework. Elaborating on these development, the ISDS starts, in cooperation with IAP, a book series under the title ‘Dialogical Self Theory: Personal, social, and global’ with the purpose to stimulate the cooperation of scientists and practitioners across countries, cultures and disciplines.