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Constructing Worlds Together: Interpersonal Communication as Relational Process, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Kenneth J. Gergen, Stuart M. Schrader, Mary Gergen

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Oct 16, 2008

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Accompanied by author analysis and contemporary applications, this collection of readings, reflections and invitations to dialogue make Constructing Worlds Together: Interpersonal Communication as Relational Process a highly readable yet sophisticated text that is well-suited for today’s interpersonal communication course. Theoretical essays, research reports, narratives and ethnographic studies, have been carefully selected by the authors for their clarity, intellectual stimulation and relevance to students’ daily lives.


The authors introduce each reading and provide students with a preview of its insight, relevance, and association with social constructionist theory. Each piece is followed by a series of challenges and questions to help further student understanding and to stimulate continuing dialogue, with an emphasis on interactive learning. Students will come away with an ability to apply the wisdom of interpersonal communication with a critical eye to future challenges. 

Table of Contents



Introduction: Communication as Social Construction

1.       Language Games, by Ludwig Wittgenstein

2.       Pain as Social Construction, by David Morris

3.       The Blinding Power of the Real, by David Rosenhan

4.       Breaking the Rules of Everyday Life, by Harold Garfinkel

5.       Discourses of Death, by Christopher Bodily

6.       The Challenge of Reconstruction, by David Alexander

- Key Constructions

- Suggested Readings

- Web Resources

- Discussion Questions and/or Short Papers




7.       The Self as Dramatic Actor, by Erving Goffman

8.       Your Body as Communication, by Queen Latifah

9.       Doing Emotion/Doing Gender, by Stephanie Shields

10.    The Narrative Construction of Self, by Jerome Bruner

11.    Childhood Shaping of the Self, by Stan and Jan Bernstain

12.    Social Ghosts:  Others Within, by Mary Gergen

13.    Positioning the Self, by Rom Harre` and Nikki Slocum

- Key Constructions

- Suggested Readings

- Web Resources

- Discussion Questions and/or Short Papers




Section A:  Discourse in Action


14.    Social Scripts: The Organization of Spontaneity, by Donal Carbaugh

15.    Structured Conversation: Adjacency-Pairs, by Richard Buttney

16.    Unwanted Repetitive Patterns, by Barnett Pearce

17.    Metaphors We Live, by William Foster Owen

18.    Meaning as Co-Created, by Kenneth Gergen

19.    Toward Satisfying Dialogue, by Robyn Penman

20.    The significance of Future Talk, by Sheila McNamee

- Key Constructions


Section B: Non-Verbal Language: Meaning as Action


21.    Reading Public Communication, by Rijsman et. al., Photo

22.    The Eyes Have It, by John Shotter

23.    Space Invasion, by Alice C. Pennisi

24.    Styling the Self, by John Fiske

25.    You **@#$**!@!!: Swearing as Bonding?, by Alania M. Winters and Steve Duck

- Key Constructions


Section C: Listening as Collaboration


26.    Dialogic Listening, by John Stewart and Carole Logan

27.    Listening: A Two-Way Street, by Barbara M. Korsch and Caroline Harding

28.    Listening as a Cultural Act: The Blackfeet, by Donal Carbaugh

- Key Constructions

- Suggested Readings for Section III

- Web Resources for Section III

- Discussion Questions and/or Short Papers for Section III




Section A: The Art of Friendship


29.    Friendship Talk and Social Survival, by Terri Apter and Ruthellen Josselson

30.    How Can You Hurt Me: Let Me Count the Ways, by Anita L. Vangelisti, Stacy L. Young, Katy E. Carpenter-Theune & Alicia L. Alexander

31.    “The Girls:” Friendships Among Women, by Hilary M. Lips

32.    The Silent Friendship of Men, by Roger Rosenblatt

33.    Teaching as Friendship, by William K. Rawlins

34.    Risk-taking as Communication, by Cynthia Lightfoot

- Key Constructions


Section B:  The Intricacies of Intimacy


35.    What is a Close Relationship, by William W. Wilmot

36.    Games People Play, by Peter M. Kellet and Diana G. Dalton

37.    Marriage Ceremonies: New Voices, New Values, by Stuart Schrader and Catherine Dobris

38.    Relationship Awareness, by Linda Acitelli

39.    Dancing in the Dark, By Peggy Penn

- Key Constructions


Section C: The Fragility of Family


40.    Wife and Stepmother Communication Distress in Blended Families, by Laurel Richardson

41.    Why Dad’s Don’t Talk, By Deborah Tannen

42.    Failed Relationships: Men and Women on Divorce, by Catherine Kohler Riessman

43.    Fighting for (and despite) Dear Life, by Carolyn Ellis

44.    Family Resilience, by Froma Walsh

- Key Constructions


Section D:  Conflict Crossing Over to Reconciliation


45.    Systemic Questions:  The Importance of "Us," By Stephen W. Littlejohn and Kathy Domenici

46.    From Stuck Debate to New Conversation, by Carol Becker, Laura Chasin, Richard Chasin, Margaret Herzig and Sallyann Roth

47.    Education for Peace: Jewish-Arab Conflict Resolution, by Grace Feuerverger

48.    Improvising a New Life: Interactive Theater, By Jonathan Shailor

49.    Organizational Transformation Through Appreciative Inquiry, by David L. Cooperrider and Diana Whitney

- Key Constructions

- Suggested Readings for Section IV

- Web Resources for Section IV

- Discussion Questions and/or Short Papers for Section IV



Section A:  Contexts of Communication:  Culture and Technology


50.    Connecting with the Lakota, By Kathryn Kavanaugh, Kathleen Absalom, William Beil and Lucia Schliessmann

51.    Speaking Across the Generations: The Hippie and the Goth, By Sara Holbrook

52.    Cultural Collisions: An Email from Bojun, By Bojun Hu

53.    Resisting Education, by Paul Willis

54.    Bringing Cultures Together, by Mary Jane Collier, Brenda L. Allen, Benjamin J. Broome, Tricia S. Jones and Victoria Chen

- Key Constructions


Section B:  Communicating in the New Worlds of Technology


55.    Making friends in Cyberspace, by Malcolm Parks and Kory Floyd

56.    Grassroots therapy on the Net, by John Miller and Kenneth J. Gergen

57.    Honesty in online personals, by Jennifer L Gibbs, Nicole B. Ellison & Rebecca D. Heino

58.    Blogs: The Coming of Public Diaries, by Anonymous

59.    The Digital Landscape, by Joshua Meyorowitz

- Key Constructions

- Suggested Readings for Section IV

- Web Resources for Section IV

- Discussion Questions and/or Short Papers for Section V



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