ERIC Number: EJ889691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Performing and Resisting Scripts of Submission to Illustrate Critical Theory
Morgan, Jayne M.; Kirby, Erika L.
Communication Teacher, v18 n3 p82-86 Jul 2004
Instructors who teach critical communication theory sometimes have difficulty explaining key concepts to students. Discussions of power, ideology, hegemony, and emancipation often bring confused expressions to students upon first exposure to these ideas. This activity provides a simple, grounded approach to examining facets of critical theory in that students role-play a script written from actual words of private country club employees to explore how power is created and maintained in "ordinary" communication exchanges. Doing so not only demonstrates how layers of structure (e.g., board, members, managers, employees) create circumstances where the interests of some individuals are maintained over other individuals, but illustrates how deeply embedded scripts of societal inequities, including differences in sex, race, and class, can emerge in the form of status and power differentials between members and employees. A list of references and suggested readings is included.
Descriptors: Scripts, Critical Theory, Interpersonal Communication, Concept Teaching, Class Activities, Role Playing, Interpersonal Competence, Communication Skills
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Education Level: Higher Education
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