COM 200 MIDTERM REVIEW

COM 200 MIDTERM REVIEW - CH. 4: Symbolic Interactionism...

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CH. 4: Symbolic Interactionism Humans act toward people, things, and events on the basis of the meanings they assign to them. Once people define a situation as real, it has very real consequences. Without language there would be no thought, no sense of self, and no socializing presence of society within the individual. Ideas by George Herbert Mead, term coined by Herbert Blumer CH. 5: Coordinated Management of Meaning Persons-in-conversation co-construct their own social realities and are simultaneously shaped by the worlds they create. They can achieve coherence through common interpretation of their stories told. They can achieve coordination by meshing their stories lived. Dialogic communication, which is learnable, teachable, and contagious, improves the quality of life for everyone. W. Barnett Pearce and Vernon Cronen Dialogic communication is when people with all sorts of views could speak in a manner that makes others want to listen, and listen in a manner that makes others want to speak. Pearce regards language as “the single most powerful tool that humans have ever invented for the creation of social worlds” Management of meaning: We have to adjust our stories told to fit the realities of our stories lived, or vice versa. According to the hierarchy model of meaning, storytelling is the central act of
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This note was uploaded on 09/11/2008 for the course COM 200 taught by Professor Barrientos during the Spring '08 term at Pepperdine.

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COM 200 MIDTERM REVIEW - CH. 4: Symbolic Interactionism...

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