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COMMUNICATION THEORY AS A FIELD (119-131) Introduction - Reconstruction of the communication theory as a dialogical dialectical field according to two principles: o The constitutive model of communication as a metamodel o Theory as a metadiscursive practice - Theories all appear to be operating in separate domains - No general theory to which all communication theorists refer to - No common goals that unite them - No consensus on communication theory as a field - Communication theory is not a coherent field of study - However, he believes communication theory can become a coherent field - Communication (in his view): a coherent field of metadiscursive practice, a field of discourse about discourse with implications for the practice of communication - Various traditions of communication theory each offer distinct ways of conceptualizing and discussing communication problems and practices o Ways derive from and appeal to certain commonplace beliefs about communication while problematizing other beliefs - Main points: o Communication theory has not yet emerged as a coherent field of study Due to the lack of unity between communication theorists o The potential of communication theory as a field can best be realized Realized not in a unified theory of communication but in a dialogical dialectical disciplinary matrix o A disciplinary matrix can be developed using a constitutive metamodel of communication that opens up a conceptual space in which: Diverse first order models can interact A conception of communication theory as theoretical metadiscourse productively engaged with the practical metadiscourse of everyday life o
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