That’s Responsibility

  • Chris Smissaert
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)


A part-time PhD candidate enters dialogue with his nine-year-old daughter. They talk about responsibility: how it’s a central concern in his research, and how she makes sense of it. They also reflect on how responsibilities of writing and living are made to answer each other.


Responsibility Answerability Creativity Bakhtin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chris Smissaert
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  1. 1.Institute for Management ResearchRadboud UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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