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The Consequentiality of Communication : Routledge Communication Series - Stuart J. Sigman

The Consequentiality of Communication

Routledge Communication Series

By: Stuart J. Sigman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1995
ISBN: 9780805817652
Number Of Pages: 248

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In a bold attempt to redirect the ways theories of communication are conceived and research on communication processes are conducted, this volume questions prevailing communication scholarship that emphasizes the cultural, psychological, and sociological variables that impact on, and/or are impacted by, communication. Instead of focusing on the "consequences" of communication, this books urges readers to examine the "consequentiality" of communication -- what it is about the communication process that enables it to play a defining role in our lives. Communication is not a neutral conveyor of meanings derived from culture, cognition, or social structure, and is not explained by correlations with external variables. Meaning emerges from the communication process itself; it is dependent upon what transpires during the real-time moments of communicators behaving with each other. To properly study this new paradigm, a new vocabulary for thinking about the consequentiality of communication is needed and proposed.
Four theoretical orientations are used to stake out this new territory: coordinated management of meaning, neo-rhetorical theory, conversation analysis, and social communication theory. While there are points of agreement and overlap on the need to study communication as inherently consequential, there are also differences across the four theories -- in the value of "rules" as an explanatory concept, on the relationship between structure and process, and on the very constitution of a "theory." Thus, this book has the benefit of articulating a new paradigm for communication scholarship without losing sight of the discipline's rich diversity.

Lea's Communication Seriesp. ii
About the Contributorsp. vii
Introduction Toward Study of the Consequentiality (Not Consequences) of Communicationp. 1
Referencesp. 13
Four Perspectives On Consequentialityp. 15
Coordinated Management of Meaningp. 61
A Neo-Rhetorical Perspective: The Enactment of Role-Identities as Interactive and Strategicp. 67
Conversation Analysis: """"Okay"""" as a Clue for Understanding Consequentialityp. 121
Social Communication Theory: Communication Structures and Performed Invocations, a Revision of Scheflen's Notion of Programsp. 163
Reformulating And Critiquing The Four Perspectivesp. 205
Commentaryp. 207
A Retrospective Essay on The Consequentiality of Communicationp. 215
Maps and Diggingsp. 223
(re)situating Social Communication Consequentialityp. 227
Author Indexp. 231
Subject Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780805817652
ISBN-10: 0805817654
Series: Routledge Communication Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st January 1995
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1