Case Studies in Culture and Communication: A Group Perspective

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Lexington Books, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 152 pages
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In Case Studies in Culture and Communication: A Group Perspective, James A. Schnell presents critical essays in the burgeoning field of communication studies. In the first section, Case Studies in American Culture, he examines such topics as decision-making at a co-op grocery store and prank-playing and conflict resolution in a college fraternity. In the next section, Case Studies in Cross-Cultural Contexts, he explores such issues as the impact of introducing an Afro-centric perspective into American children's education. In the final section, Case Studies in Applied Settings, subjects covered include the role of the hospital chaplain in facilitating communication between patients and their medical team. Focusing on group dynamics rather than one-on-one interactions, this book demonstrates the broad relevance and applicability of communication studies.
 

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Contents

Ross Perots Expression of Sensitivity and Insensitivity with Diversity Issues during the 1992 Presidential Campaign
3
Communication and Symbolism The Development of the Symbolic Event in American Culture
9
Communication within the American Counterculture
23
An Analysis of the May 4 1970 Kent State Shootings Using Smelsers Theory of Collective Behavior
39
Organizational Culture and Conflict Resolution A Study of a Greek Lettered Social Organization
49
The Intrapersonal Issue of Maintaining Researcher Detachment in Communication Ethnography
65
Faculty Dominance in a GroupClassroom Context Comparing the United States and South Africa
75
Seeking Human Communication Perspectives Espoused by a Marginalized Group to Perpetuate a More Inclusive Curriculum
89
The Hospital Chaplain Health Care Team and the Need for Patient Representation in the Health Care Process
109
The Role of the Hospital Chaplain in Orienting the Patient to the Processes Associated with the Health Care Team
115
Analyzing CSPAN in the Classroom to Improve Student Learning
123
Emphasizing a Multicultural Climate as a Group Dynamic in the Classroom
131
Public Speaking Instruction as a Group Experience
139
A Systems Approach Analysis of Information Diffusion within an Organizational Telephone Service
143
Researching CrossCultural Relations among Varied RacialEthnic Groups via CSPAN Videotapes
149
Index
151

Gauging Your CrossCultural Sensitivity in GroupClassroom Contexts
95
Enhancing the Group Learning Experience by Weaving Multicultural Themes into the Curriculum
101
About the Author
153
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About the author (2003)

James A. Schnell is Professor of Communication Studies at Ohio Dominican University. He is also Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force (Reserve), where he is Assistant Air Attache to China.

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