Interpretive Approaches to Interpersonal Communication

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Kathryn Carter, Mick Presnell
SUNY Press, May 24, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 272 pages
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This groundbreaking book presents conceptual, theoretical, and applied chapters demonstrating the strengths of interpretive approaches in the study of interpersonal communication. It extends our understanding of interpersonal communication through the incorporation of interpretive and critical theory paradigms. Until now, no text has systematically described interpersonal communication and theory by drawing on insights from interpretive or critical theory approaches. The authors fill two contemporary needs: (1) they provide a collection of essays that raises theoretical and methodological issues in the study of interpersonal communication relevant to all researchers in this area of study, and (2) they present a general approach to interpersonal communication that has gained wide acceptance among practitioners and educators, but has been under-represented by advanced research texts. Included here are interpretive and critical perspectives including phenomenology, feminism, hermeneutics, symbolic interactionism, semiotics, and postmodern ethnography. The book provides information that extends our understandings of interpersonal communication by demonstrating the ways in which interpretive perspectives can contribute to the development of theory and research on interpersonal communication.
 

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Contents

Postmodern Ethnography From Representing the Other to CoProducing a Text
11
An Interpretive Approach to Validity in Interpersonal Communication Research
45
HansGeorg Gadamers Philosophy of Language A ConstitutiveDialogic Approach to Interpersonal Understanding
83
Dialectic of Difference A Thematic Analysis of Intimates Meanings for Differences
115
On Interpersonal Competence
137
Discourse Without Rules
159
Listening Authentically A Heideggerian Perspective on Interpersonal Communication
179
Interpretation in Unsettled Times
197
The Ethics of Feminist SelfDisclosure
219
A Pbenomenological Inquiry into the Relationship Between Perceived Coolness and Communication Competence
247
Index
269
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Mick Presnell is Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Communication Studies at California State University, Chico.

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