ERIC Number: ED191121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Coorientation, Observer Coding, and the Analysis of Overt Patterns of Talk: A Case Study and a Challenge to Three "Idols" of Communication Research.
Cronen, Vernon E.; McNamee, Sheila
Defining "idols of communication" as widely-held ideas that obstruct progress in the development of interpersonal communication theory, this paper identifies three principles deserving of the title. The identified principles are: (1) the idol of coorientation, the belief that mutual understandings are the essential grounds for the coordination of human action; (2) the idol of observers' coding, the belief that observers' coding of conversation can replace actors' idiosyncratic meanings; and (3) the idol of pattern, the belief that knowledge of the observable pattern of talk obviates the need to know the underlying logic of actors' talk. The paper then discusses the ways in which the three principles are obstructive. It next presents a case study of two episodes in a close personal relationship, based on a theory termed "Coordinated Management of Meaning," which employs both qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis and rejects all three of the principles. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (30th, Acapulco, Mexico, May 18-23, 1980).