Theory Key Names
Annotated list of scholars and terms, from the Instructors Manual and margin notes in the text
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Chapter 6—Coordinated Management of Meaning
- Barnett Pearce and Vernon Cronen
- Communication scholars from the Fielding Institute and the University of Massachusetts, respectively, who co-created the theory of coordinated management of meaning.
- Transmission model
- Picturing communication as a transfer of meaning by a source sending a message through a channel to a receiver.
- Communication perspective
- An ongoing focus on how communication makes our social worlds.
- Social constructionists
- Curious, participants in a pluralistic world who believe that persons-in-conversation co- construct their own social realities and are simultaneously shaped by the worlds they create.
- Bond of Union
- A lithograph by M.C. Escher that illustrates several key concepts about persons-in-conversation, particularly their interrelatedness.
- Logical force
- The moral pressure or sense of obligation a person feels to respond in a given way to what someone else has just said or done—“I had no choice.”
- People collaborating in an attempt to bring into being their vision of what is necessary, noble, and good and to preclude the enactment of what they fear, hate, or despise.
- Bifurcation point
- A critical point in a conversation where what one says next will affect the unfolding pattern of interaction and potentially take it in a different direction.
- The presence or awareness of what participants are making in the midst of their own conversation.
- Dialogic communication
- Conversation in which parties remain in the tension between holding their own perspective while being profoundly open to the other.
- Martin Buber
- German Jewish philosopher who developed the concept of dialogic communication.
- Narrow ridge
- A metaphor of I-Thou living in the dialogic tension between ethical relativism and rigid absolutism.
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