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Making Social Worlds. A Communication Perspective

  • ID: 2249016
  • Book
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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How one acts during critical moments can change the world. The tools and concepts of CMM Coordinated Management of Meaning show us how to discern and to act wisely during the critical moments that shape our world and define our future. This text presents the most accessible introduction to CMM, one of the groundbreaking theories of speech communication.

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.

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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.


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"Making Social Worlds is an exciting and gutsy volume readable by a range of audiences. The focus on critical interaction moments allows intelligent probing communication based analyses of everything from couples fighting to wars and international relations. The conversational writing style kept me engaged from beginning to end."Stanley Deetz. ProfessorDirector of Peace and Conflict StudiesNational Communication Association Distinguished ScholarInternational Communication Association Past–President and Fellow

"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

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