Peer Groups Expanding Our Study of Small Group Communication

ISBN-10: 1412926866

ISBN-13: 9781412926867

Edition: 2008

Authors: SunWolf

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Peer Groups: Expanding Our Study of Small Group Communication is the first textbook to explore and discuss group communication dynamics with the group that most students are already familiar withpeer groups. This book brings alive for students and scholars many existing group theories, while showcasing under-utilized theories that usefully explain the processes of the groups in which people (and students in particular) spend most of their time. Peer Groups uses a variety of traditional and nontraditional theories and concepts to examine the dynamics of four real world peer groups: childrens play, adolescence cliques, gangs, and juries. It moves from the earliest childhood experiences in groups, through adolescence and young adulthood, to peer groups as conscripted service (juries). Further, the book pays important attention to the common painful and dysfunctional aspects of being a member of peer groups: group exclusion, moral and legal misbehaviors, and the rule-breaking behaviors and regrets of members of peer groups. Chapters not only cover what we know about real world peer groups (scholarship, media coverage, personal experiences) but also offer suggestions for critical thinking and new behaviors in students own peer groups.
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List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/23/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

SunWolf (Ph.D. & M.A., University of California; J.D., University of Denver College of Law; B.A., Fresno State University) conducts research on jury deliberations, social persuasion and symbolic proc­esses in groups, and the social dynamics of inclusion/exclusion in adolescent peer groups.  A former trial attorney and Training Director for Colorado�s Public Defender Office, Sunwolf persuaded juries for al­most 20 years and regu­larly facilitates training groups of attorneys. She has been a featured speaker to groups of lawyers in more than 30 states and is a national television media analyst on juries.  She is past Chair of the National Communication Association�s Applied Communication Division and serves on the editorial boards of the Small Group Research , Journal of Applied Communication Research , Communi­cation Studies , Storytel­ling, Self, Society , and The Handbook of Applied Communication Research .

Peer Group Lenses
Theoretical Lights That Illuminate Peer Group Dynamics
Beyond Theories
Using Multiple Theoretical or Conceptual Lenses
Critical Thinking About Group Theories and Concepts
Peer Groups in Childhood: Learning the Rules of Peer Play
Communication Processes in Early Childhood Peer Groups
Communicating Values About Group Rules in Early Childhood Peer Groups
Gender Differences in Childhood Groups
Strategies Children Use to Gain Entry to Playgroups
Leadership in Children's Playgroups
Silent Childhood Stresses
Tales of Peer Group Rejection
Conceptualizing Peer Group Interventions
New Theoretical Lenses
Critical Thinking About Children's Peer Groups
Peer Groups in Adolescence: The Power of Rejection
Freaks, Geeks, Jocks, and Stars
Communicating Group Values in the Culture of Adolescent Peer Groups
Strategies That Adolescents Use to Attempt to Gain Entry to Peer Groups
Bittersweet Peer Power
Adolescent Group Boundaries
Conceptualizing Peer Group Interventions
Critical Thinking About Adolescent Peer Groups
Peer Groups in Neighborhoods: Hoodies, Homies, and Gangsta Girls
Homeboys and Hoods
Gangsta Girls
New Theoretical Lenses
Critical Thinking About Neighborhood Peer Groups
Peer Groups That Super-Task: Hot Groups
Hot Groups
The Hot Group State of Mind
Workin' From Can't to Can't
New Theoretical Lenses
Critical Thinking About Peer Groups that Super-Task
Peer Groups as Decision Makers: Juries
Scene: Courthouse Jury Assembly Room
Historical Juries
Enacting Group Leadership
Structuring Member Communication
The Work of Jury Work
When Peers Disagree
Regret Among Peers
Conceptualizing Peer Group Interventions
New Theoretical Lenses
Critical Thinking About Juries and Decision-Making Peer Groups
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