Lecture 2 - What Makes A Good Theory

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Unformatted text preview: rpretive Theory Good? COM337 Comunication Theory 10 What Makes an Interpretive Theory Good?   Interpretive Standard 2:   Interpretive Standard 1: New Understanding of People   Interpretive theory offers fresh insight into human condition  Typically examines a one-of-a-kind speech community that exhibits specific language style  Self-referential imperative – include yourself as a constituent of your own construction COM337 Comunication Theory 11 Clarification of Values   Interpretive theory brings people’s values into the open  Theorists should reveal ethical commitments  Ethical imperative – grant others that occur in a construction the same autonomy that one practices in constructing it COM337 Comunication Theory 12 2 8/25/13 What Makes an Interpretive Theory Good? What Makes an Interpretive Theory Good?   Interpretive Standard 3:   Interpretive Standard 4: Aesthetic Appeal   Interpretive theory can capture readers’ imaginations   Critic’s job to spark appreciation COM337 Comunication Theory Community of Agreement   Interpretive theory must be supported by other scholars   Must become the subject of widespread analysis 13 What Makes an Interpretive Theory Good? 14 What Makes an Interpretive Theory Good?   Interpretive Standard 5: Reform of Society   Interpretive theory often generates change   Critical interpreters are reformers who can have an impact on society  Critical theorists – scholars who use theory to reveal unjust communication practices that create or perpetuate an imbalance of power COM337 Comunication Theory COM337 Comunication Theory 15 Contested Turf and Common Ground Among Theorists   Interpretive Standard 6: Qualitative Research   Interpretive scholars use words to support their theories  Textual analysis – research method that describes and interprets characteristics of any text  Ethnography – method of participant observation designed to help a researcher experience a culture’s complex web of meaning COM337 Comunication Theory 16 Figure 3-1: Summary of Criteria for Evaluating Communication Theory   Points of contact 1.  Explanation creates understanding 2.  Prediction and value clarification look to the future 3.  Simplicity has aesthetic appeal 4.  Achieves a community of agreement 5.  Theory that reforms unjust practices is practical 6.  Commitment to learn more COM337 Comunication Theory 17 COM337 Comunication Theory 18 3 8/25/13 End of Lecture What are these students doing on a cold morning in Kyoto? Refer to Slide 1 COM337 Comunication Theory 19 4...
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