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Coms 201 → Chapter Eight Internactional Theory

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Department
Communications Studies
Course
COMS 201
Professor
Dawn Johnson
Semester
Winter

Description
Coms 201  ▯ Chapter Eight Interactional Theory Dialectics ▯ • Contradictory or opposing tensions • Doesn’t necessarily try to resolve them or think they’re bad Dialectical Moments ▯ • Temporary moments of equilibrium Two Key Concepts ▯ 1.  Contradiction:  o Conflict and opposition between two things o These are interdependent and interactive o Each impulse needs a contradictory one o We can’t appreciate one without the other o Ex’s: We only understand independence because we have understanding of  dependence  o We only appreciate privacy because we understand what it’s like to share 2.  Process : o Dialectics are… i. On­going ii. In motion  iii. Always changing o These tensions will never be resolved, and it’s okay (we need to  work with them) o Constant process of negotiation and shifting perspectives Normal Relational Dialects ▯ 1. Integration and Separation ** Connection and autonomy Independent and dependent Keeping the relationship private or a part of larger systems  2. Stability and change Wanting familiarity and sameness vs. change Routines and surprises vs. new patterns Conforming with society or uniqueness in the relationship More apparent in long­term relatio
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