In an age in which what happens anywhere affects us everywhere, and in which we must become accustomed to interacting with people whose customs are different than our own, more sophisticated patterns of communication are demanded. This book provides the concepts and models to help us understand these. By analyzing examples from everyday life everything from intimate family conversations to speeches by heads of state the author demonstrates how the tools of CMM enable special insights into our social interactions. Written in an informal yet intellectually stimulating way, Making Social Worlds opens up the theory of CMM to students, scholars, and practitioners.
1. Critical moments that shape our social worlds.
2. Taking a communication perspective on social worlds.
3. Paradigms and the physics of social worlds.
4. Communication: Coordinating Actions and Making/Managing Meanings.
5. Doing things in communication: Speech acts.
6. Episodes and patterns of communication.
7. Selves and forms of consciousness.
8. Relationships and relational minds.
9. Afterword: Something of a guide for using CMM.
"This is not only a marvelously lucid updating of CMM theory, it also demonstrates the broad applicability of this important conceptual work to problems and potentials of human communication." Kenneth J. Gergen, author of An Invitation to Social Construction