ERIC Number: ED395337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
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Communication Theory and Identity: From Social Psychological Roots to the Bearing of Fruit in Communication Pedagogy and Research.
Niles, T. A.
Presented with the task of tracing a bidirectional path which connects the discipline of communication with another social science discipline, there is little difficulty in tracing extradisciplinary influences to communication, but the same cannot be said for the tracing of communication influences to another discipline. Many scholars have documented the uni-directional flow of information and findings into, but not out of, the field of communication. The field of communication has been multidisciplinary from the beginning. Social psychology is one discipline that offers many points of intersection with communication concerning identity and intergroup relations. Social psychology is the branch of psychology where group processes and individual processes come together, particularly the relationships between self/personality/identity and group interaction. SIT (Social Identity Theory), URT (Uncertainty Reduction Theory) and CAT (Communication Accommodation Theory) are 3 social psychological theories that have had a significant influence on the study of communication. In turn, the work of communication scholars on CAT has contributed to issues of identity in a manner applicable to social psychology. There are still other proposed communication theories that may yet have influence. CAT has led the way to a more reciprocal flow of influence between communication and social psychology in the area where identity and intergroup interaction intersect. (Contains 45 references and 5 notes.) (TB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Identity (Psychological)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (81st, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21, 1995).