9780805836486

Reconstructing Communicating: Looking To A Future

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  • ISBN13:

    9780805836486

  • ISBN10:

    0805836489

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-07-01
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

In this innovative and potentially controversial book, Penman examines the future of communication as a discipline. She foresees a time in which communicating is conceived as a social construction process, in the anticipation that this will allow a genuine practical response to contemporary social problems. The book sets out a map toward accomplishing that future--laying the foundations for a different way of conceiving of communication, enabling direct action, rather than just theorizing about it. It begins with a history illustrating how the communication discipline has arrived to where it is today and then goes on to demonstrate Penman's conception of communication. Reconstructing Communicating is an exploration of what it means to inquire into communicating; to treat communicating as the essential problematic of concern; and to recognize that we construct our reality in our communicating. In undertaking this exploration, the author pursues a central theme of what constitutes good communicating and good communication research. Arguments throughout this book provide a radical departure from mainstream communication studies and especially from the rationalist's quest for truth and scientific knowledge. A way of acting in good faith is offered, both with the process of communicating and with the participants in it, that generates practical understandings for constructing new futures. Designed for communication scholars and graduate students primarily in organizational communication, public relations, and communication theory, this book will also interest those in management and business as it deals with practical communication issues.

Author Biography

Robyn Penman is executive Director for the Communication Research Institute of Australia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Communicating matters
1(11)
Imagining communicating
2(4)
A discontinuous leap into a different realm
6(2)
The reconstruction process
8(4)
Understanding context
12(18)
Contemporary context and challenges
13(4)
Historical legacies to be exorcised
17(9)
Looking to the future
26(4)
Communicating in a different game
30(14)
Being in language
31(5)
Making sense in communicating
36(5)
Communicating
41(3)
Understanding where we are---in communicating
44(20)
Knowing and experiencing
45(6)
Finding our way about
51(4)
Reconstruing the classic questions
55(7)
Doing it wisely
62(2)
Judging with moral import, in good faith
64(18)
A basis for judging
65(5)
Evaluating communicating
70(9)
Using the creteria
79(3)
The Possibility of dialogue
82(17)
Understandings of dialogue
83(5)
Dialoguing
88(6)
Dialoguing as practicial inquiry
94(5)
Research practices
99(16)
Research positions
100(4)
Research questions and accomplishments
104(8)
Research judgments
112(3)
Research tools
115(18)
Preparatory tools
116(6)
Doing it----tools of the moral hero
122(5)
Telling of---tools of the author
127(6)
Practical inquiry in our daily lives
133(18)
An inquiry into the possibility of dialogue
134(6)
An inquiry into information needs in a medical context
140(4)
Constructing futures
144(7)
References 151(10)
Author index 161(4)
Subject index 165(4)
About the author 169

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