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Peer Groups Expanding Our Study of Small Group Communication by SunWolf
  

Peer Groups Expanding Our Study of Small Group Communication

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Peer Groups Expanding Our Study of Small Group Communication by SunWolf

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 with-peer groups. This book brings alive for students 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: children's 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.

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Peer Groups is different from the run-of-the-mill group text book. I can see that my students will learn so much more from Dr. SunWolf's orientation than they have from the other books I've used. The benefits are that the topics related to [students'] practical world and that there is so much to foster in-class discussion. Although many students are familiar with the `work world,
they are not yet there. Dr. SunWolf provides them with what is relevant in their lives now

! -- Audrey E. Kali I can unequivocally state that the proposed text is LONG overdue! Over the years I have reviewed several text proposals. SunWolf's proposal ranks in the 99th percentile. . . . This is one of the most innovative, heuristic, pragmatic, and engaging proposals I have ever perused. -- Jim L. Query, Jr. I enjoyed the book, learned a LOT, and LOVE her creativity in discussing different examples that help group constructs some to life. It represents the breadth of the new Group Communication Division in NCA better than any book I have seen. -- David Seibold


About the Author

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 proc-esses 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 al-most 20 years and regu-larly 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, Communi-cation Studies, Storytel-ling, Self, Society, and The Handbook of Applied Communication Research.

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Publication date

4th September 2008

Author

SunWolf

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Publisher

SAGE Publications Inc

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Social groups
Social, group or collective psychology

ISBN

9781412926867

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