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Clans, cliques, clubs, or classmates: Students of group communication should be encouraged to think critically about concepts to the groups that matter to them most—peers. Peer Groups is the first textbook to explore group communication dynamics with this vital group. Drawing on a combination of traditional and new theories, Dr. SunWolf uses an inviting writing style, shares the words and provocative thinking of real world group members, and draws on research from social psychology, communication, and group dynamics. This innovative book offers suggestions for critical thinking and new behaviors in students’ own peer groups and will inspire further exploration of small group dynamics.

Peer Groups That Super-Task: Hot Groups
Peer groups that super-task: Hot groups

The hot group state of mind is task-obsessed and full of passion. It is always coupled with a distinctive way of behaving, a style that is intense, sharply focused, and full-bore.1

Groups that super-task are not an exclusive phenomenon of modern organizations, nor are they the property of Americans, white males, adults, or prodigies. Rather, these tightly knit peer groups are task-obsessed and full of passion, with a self-sacrificing dedication to doing something together that each member believes is important. More task-focused than social, these peer groups nonetheless thrive, in part, because of their relationships with one another. As a group, they are “able to leap tall buildings in a single bound” (and do so ...

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