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Latest update: September 8, 2000

Defining Adversarialism

On Wednesday, September 6, 2000, Araceli Mark wrote:

While reading Fellman's book, I, too, did not know what he meant by adversarialism. I turned to the dictionary and found adversary which means enemy. I figured adversarialism means to oppose, is that correct? I also figured that mutuality means to connect. Tell me if I am on the right track, Jeanne.

On Friday, September 8, 2000, jeanne responded:

You're on the right track, Araceli. And that was a pretty good job of detecting. Fellman includes some more specific details in developing his paradigm of adversarialism and mutuality, but your explanation gives a pretty good idea of how he's going to define the paradigms, as well as why he's going to want to speak of "adversarialism" AND "mutuality". If we're moving between the two extremes of "opposing" and "connecting," one can see why we might want to get sophisticated enough to recognize that it won't do to oppose all the time and everything, and it won't do to connect all the time with everything. We'll need to find a balance. (Fellman, op.cit., pp. 53 - 55.) And that's precisely what Fellman suggests.