New Directions in Group Communication takes as its mission the setting of the agenda for the study of group communication in the future. It does so by presenting work that scholars have not previously explored in the current small group communication literature. Part I focuses on new theoretical and conceptual directions, both presenting new views and extending current positions. Part II examines new research methodologies, while Part III looks at antecedent factors affecting group communication. Parts IV and V of the text provide insight into both group communication process and practices. Part VI covers different group communication contexts, including communication patterns in top management teams.  

Foregrounding Feminist Theory in Group Communication Research

Foregrounding Feminist Theory in Group Communication Research

Foregrounding feminist theory in group communication research
Nancy Wyatt Penn State University Delaware County

Previous feminist critiques have rendered problematic many aspects of traditional group communication scholarship, called for more attention to women's groups, and identified cooperation and collaboration as group processes that should inform research (see, e.g., Meyers & Brashers, 1994; Wyatt, 1994). Those efforts critiqued extant small group communication scholarship from a feminist perspective. In this chapter, I extend the feminist critique of group communication scholarship, beginning with feminist theory as the foundation of the essay to see what group communication scholars may have missed from this perspective.

Feminist theory differs from traditional scholarship mainly in centering attention on women's experiences and in dealing explicitly with issues of privilege ...

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