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.  

Enlarging the Meaning of Group Deliberation: From Discussion to Dialogue

Enlarging the Meaning of Group Deliberation: From Discussion to Dialogue

Enlarging the meaning of group deliberation: From discussion to dialogue
J. Kevin Barge University of Georgia

Discussion informed citizens in a democracy of basic problems and enabled them to hear all sides of a controversy. Discussion was the best way to mold public opinion and make decisions. Discussion, when contrasted with other techniques for social control such as dictatorial decree or violence and force (the thirties were the period of unrest and emerging dictatorships in Europe), was American, ethical, and noble.

Bormann (1996, p. 101)

One important reason for studying group communication is its roots in the practice of democracy in communities and societies—that is, the belief that enhancing people's abilities to engage in group discussion will make them ...

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