The Meaning of "relationship" in Interpersonal Communication

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Richard L. Conville, Lilian Edna Rogers
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998 - 202 páginas

Despite a growing emphasis on relationship studies in interpersonal communication, serious attention to the conceptual meaning of relationship has been limited. The purpose of this volume is to explore the meaning and use of relationship in interpersonal communication studies. The contributors to this volume, representatives of related, but differing perspectives, outline definitional boundaries and conceptual implications of the term stemming from their particular ontological and epistemological approaches. This volume provides an engaging and provocative examination of relationship by seasoned writers who are committed to seeing the field with new eyes. As such, the book will be invaluable to scholars and researchers in the field.

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Ants to Elephants A Comparative Perspective on the Meaning of Relationship
1
Historical Frames of Relational Perspectives
23
Relationships and Communication A Social Communication and Strongly Consequential View
47
The Meaning of Relationship in Relational Communication
69
Giddens Conception of Personal Relationships and Its Relevance to Communication Theory
83
But I Thought that We Were More than Error Variance Application of the Social Relations Model to Personal Relationships
107
Narrative Dialectic and Relationships
133
Making Meanings with Friends
149
References
171
Index
191
About the Contributors
201
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Página 72 - social relationship' will be used to denote the behaviour of a plurality of actors in so far as, in its meaningful content, the action of each takes account of that of the others and is oriented in these terms.
Página 41 - In point of fact, word is a two-sided act. It is determined equally by whose word it is and for whom it is meant. As word, it is precisely the product of the reciprocal relationship between speaker and listener, addresser and addressee. Each and every word expresses the "one
Página 29 - But every simultaneous time is self-identical; for the 'now' as a subject is an identity, but it accepts different attributes.3 The 'now' measures time, in so far as time involves the 'before and after'. The 'now' in one sense is the same, in another it is not the same. In so far as it is in succession, it is different (which is just what its being now was supposed to mean), but its substratum is an identity: for motion, as was said, goes with magnitude, and time, as we maintain, with motion.
Página 82 - A good relationship has a pattern like a dance and is built on some of the same rules. The partners do not need to hold on tightly, because they move confidently in the same pattern, intricate but gay and swift and free, like a country dance of Mozart's.
Página 41 - I give myself verbal shape from another's point of view, ultimately, from the point of view of the community to which I belong. A word is a bridge thrown between myself and another. If one end of the bridge depends on me, then the other depends on my addressee.
Página 57 - I assume that the proper study of interaction is not the individual and his psychology, but rather the syntactical relations among the acts of different persons mutually present to one another.
Página 97 - It [a pure relationship] refers to a situation where a social relation is entered into for its own sake, for what can be derived by each person from a sustained association with another; and which is continued only in so far as it is thought by both parties to deliver enough satisfaction for each individual to stay within it.
Página 142 - Meanwhile, and during all this singing, I had been sick in the knowledge that they felt they were here at our demand, mine and Walker's, and that I could communicate nothing otherwise; and now, in a perversion of self-torture, I played my part through. I gave their leader fifty cents, trying at the same time, through my eyes, to communicate much more...
Página 42 - The actual reality of language-speech is not the abstract system of linguistic forms," writes VoloSinov, "and not the isolated monologic utterance, and not the psychophysiological act of its implementation, but the social event of verbal interaction implemented in an utterance or utterances

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RICHARD L. CONVILLE is Professor in the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Southern Mississippi.

L. EDNA ROGERS is Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah.

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