1-4 communication as a practice

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Communication As a Practice (Craig) COMM 3210 Human Communication Theory
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What Is a Practice? Practice : “a coherent set of activities that are commonly engaged in, and meaningful in particular ways, among people familiar with a certain culture.” (p. 38) Can be described at different levels Have normative and conceptual aspects Examples??
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How do practices relate to ritual? Rituals are practices All practices have ritual aspects (a practice is a meaningful way of participating in a culture) Practices also have non-ritual aspects (other practical functions)
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What is the role of normative discourse in a practice? Normative discourse : Discourse about the norms of a practice (what it is & how it should be done) Specialized vocabulary is created as people talk about a practice (discuss, tell stories, criticize, plan, teach, etc.) Can become more & more sophisticated—experts develop theories of the practice Normative discourse is a constitutive element of any practice —it is what makes a practice meaningful and regulates its conduct in the culture
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Is communication a practice?
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