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.  

Rethinking Traditional Approaches to Argument in Groups

Rethinking Traditional Approaches to Argument in Groups

Rethinking traditional approaches to argument in groups
RenéE A. Meyers University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee
Dale E. Brashers University of Illinois—Urbana Champaign

On Sunday, December 10, 1989, parishioners at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City were joined by more than 4,500 AIDS and reproduction rights activists staging a “STOP THE CHURCH” protest. … Protesters held mock tombstones while hundreds of others lay down in the street, enacting one of ACT UP's (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) trademark “die-ins.” … Throughout the crowd, signs declared: “Curb Your Dogma,” “Papal Bull,” and “Danger: Narrow Minded Church Ahead.” … One activist yelled “Bigot” and “Stop the Murder” over Cardinal O'Connor's sermon, and other protesters soon joined in.

Christiansen and Hanson (1996, p. 157)

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