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Symbolic Convergence Theory
Ernest Bormann

Group and Public Communication: Group Communication


 

Theory Overview (9th Edition)

Dramatizing messages are group members’ expressed interpretations of events other than those in the here-andnow. Message content becomes a group fantasy theme when it spontaneously chains out among members. The sharing of group fantasies creates symbolic convergence—group consciousness and often cohesiveness. Fantasy theme analysis across groups can reveal a rhetorical vision. (Rhetorical and sociopsychological traditions)

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