structuration

structuration - Culture- a group of individuals that can be...

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Culture- a group of individuals that can be identified by its shared patterns of values, beliefs, symbols, language, rules, and so forth. Group culture- the pattern of values, beliefs, norms, and behaviors that are shared by group members and that shape a group’s individual “personality”. A group’s culture is always dynamic, never static. As a system, a group continually evolves by adapting to its changing circumstances and environment. Anthony Giddens’s structuration theory- structuration is the idea that any social system’s rules, operating procedures, and resources emerge out of the verbal and nonverbal communication between members. Their subsequent use of those rules and resources sustains the system and give the appearance of stability. Rules- guidelines for how actions are to be done. Resources- defined as those aspects (materials and possessions) of a group that are used by members to control the behavior of other members. The theory of structuration embraces three important assumptions:
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This note was uploaded on 08/07/2008 for the course COMM 1600 taught by Professor Janep.elvins during the Summer '08 term at Colorado.

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