who have ranked highly some of the items dealing with interdependence and mutuality on the Q-sort, have also spoken of their conscious commitment to an ideology of working, caring communities. The sociolinguist John Dore was quite clear in his interview when he spoke of inclusive and dialogic communities: "I am now aware at this stage of my career that a sense of mission is absolutely imperative, in the sense that it is the overarching vision of what one is doing. The only way it can really get done is with the help of a community of co-participants" (personal communication, February, 1993)
Not all women see collaboration among women, not even among feminists, as conflict-free. Hirsch and Keller ( 1990) edited an important volume titled Conflicts in Feminism. They write of a "decade of intense mutual criticism and internal divisiveness"; a decade in which "the dream of a common language" gave way to "the realities of fractured discourses" (p. 1). They are writing of the 1980s.
In this work the participants did not express much conflict among themselves. They represent social scientists whose commitment to collaboration is powerful and who have relied upon "agency in community" as a way to break new ground in intellectual work. These women and men have gained a sense of fulfillment in their relationships with their partners. These psychologists, linguists, mathematicians, and anthropologists have been successful in creating small communities within the larger, frequently impersonal world of academia. They reject many features of the dominant model of intellectual work -- a model of excessive objectivity and impersonality. Instead, they are reaching towards new possibilities of human interdependence and shared creativity.
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