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Designed to acquaint readers with the most up-to-date information on close relationship theory and research, Facework provides a thorough examination of the authors' research, as well as that of others, on the self-aspects of communication in intimate relationships. Gaining face, maintaining face, and losing face all have numerous implications in the management of close relationships. Cupach and Metts make a compelling case for facework as basic relationship currency at any stage of a relationship, whether it be formation, maintenance, or disengagement. Written in a clear, humorous style, Facework offers the reader a very pleasurable learning experience and the opportunity to gain deeper insight into the management of problematic situations occurring in close relationships. Professionals and scholars in psychology, sociology, communication, family studies, and social work will find Facework a stimulating, informative, and indispensable volume.
Chapter 6: Relationships: About Face
Relationships: About Face
Our goal in this book has been to sketch the outlines of a theory we believe is useful for understanding certain important phenomena in interpersonal relationships. The theory focuses on the concept of face and is based on the premise that “the desire to gain face, to avoid losing face, and to save face when it is threatened is a powerful social motive” (Ho, 1976, p. 883). Although the theory was originally developed to explain social interaction more generally, our aim has been to stretch and adapt the framework to processes exhibited in close relationships.
Whenever people communicate with one another, face is relevant. But face concerns are particularly salient in “problematic” episodes and types of interaction. Hence we believe the ...