Peer Groups: Expanding Our Study of Small Group Communication

Peer Groups: Expanding Our Study of Small Group Communication

By: SunWolf (author)Paperback

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"Peer Groups: Expanding Our Study of Small Group Communication" is the first textbook to explore and discuss group communication dynamics with the group that most students are already familiar with - peer groups. This book brings alive for students many existing group theories, while showcasing under-utilized theories that usefully explain the processes of the groups in which people (and students in particular) spend most of their time."Peer Groups" uses a variety of traditional and nontraditional theories and concepts to examine the dynamics of four real world peer groups: children's play, adolescence cliques, gangs, and juries. It moves from the earliest childhood experiences in groups, through adolescence and young adulthood, to peer groups as conscripted service (juries). Further, the book pays important attention to the common painful and dysfunctional aspects of being a member of peer groups: group exclusion, moral and legal misbehaviours, and the rule-breaking behaviours and regrets of members of peer groups.

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About Author

SunWolf (Ph.D. & M.A., University of California; J.D., University of Denver College of Law; B.A., Fresno State University) conducts research on jury deliberations, social persuasion and symbolic proc-esses in groups, and the social dynamics of inclusion/exclusion in adolescent peer groups. A former trial attorney and Training Director for Colorado's Public Defender Office, Sunwolf persuaded juries for al-most 20 years and regu-larly facilitates training groups of attorneys. She has been a featured speaker to groups of lawyers in more than 30 states and is a national television media analyst on juries. She is past Chair of the National Communication Association's Applied Communication Division and serves on the editorial boards of the Small Group Research, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Communi-cation Studies, Storytel-ling, Self, Society, and The Handbook of Applied Communication Research.

Contents

1. Peer Group Lenses Theoretical Lights That Illuminate Peer Group Dynamics Beyond Theories Using Multiple Theoretical or Conceptual Lenses Critical Thinking About Group Theories and Concepts 2. Peer Groups in Childhood: Learning the Rules of Peer Play Communication Processes in Early Childhood Peer Groups Communicating Values About Group Rules in Early Childhood Peer Groups Gender Differences in Childhood Groups Strategies Children Use to Gain Entry to Playgroups Leadership in Children's Playgroups Silent Childhood Stresses Tales of Peer Group Rejection Conceptualizing Peer Group Interventions New Theoretical Lenses Critical Thinking About Children's Peer Groups 3. Peer Groups in Adolescence: The Power of Rejection Freaks, Geeks, Jocks, and Stars Communicating Group Values in the Culture of Adolescent Peer Groups Strategies That Adolescents Use to Attempt to Gain Entry to Peer Groups Bittersweet Peer Power Adolescent Group Boundaries Conceptualizing Peer Group Interventions Critical Thinking About Adolescent Peer Groups 4. Peer Groups in Neighborhoods: Hoodies, Homies, and Gangsta Girls Homeboys and Hoods Gangsta Girls New Theoretical Lenses Critical Thinking About Neighborhood Peer Groups 5. Peer Groups That Super-Task: Hot Groups Hot Groups The Hot Group State of Mind Workin' From Can't to Can't New Theoretical Lenses Critical Thinking About Peer Groups that Super-Task 6. Peer Groups as Decision Makers: Juries Scene: Courthouse Jury Assembly Room Historical Juries Enacting Group Leadership Structuring Member Communication The Work of Jury Work When Peers Disagree Regret Among Peers Conceptualizing Peer Group Interventions New Theoretical Lenses Critical Thinking About Juries and Decision-Making Peer Groups Epilogue

Product Details

  • publication date: 04/09/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781412926867
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781412926867
  • weight: 340
  • ISBN10: 1412926866

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