The Individual, Communication, and Society: Essays in Memory of Gregory Bateson

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-11
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This collection of original essays on communication is written by leading scholars in honor of the work of the late Gregory Bateson. The volume is equally an effort to advance the study of diverse problems involving communication across conventional disciplinary boundaries that engaged Bateson in his lifetime. Bateson, who began his career as a zoologist at Cambridge University, became one of the most provocative social scientists of the twentieth century. His major contribution was a theory of communication that integrated biological, psychological, and social phenomena. The theory had an important impact on the thinking of a number of influential anthropologists, psychologists, zoologists, and psychiatrists, who found Bateson's ideas not only relevant in their own research settings, but productive for the practical insights they offered into the nature of broader cultural systems. This volume will benefit psychologists, psychiatrists, anthropologists, and sociologists interested in the analysis of communication, as well as advanced graduate students in all of these areas.

Table of Contents

In search of the impertinent question: an overview of Bateson's theory of communication
Mending the Connection Between Mind and Society
Power, method, and ethics: a reflection on Bateson's view of moral and national character
The psychopathy of everyday life: antisocial behaviour and social distress
Bateson's concept of mental illness
Language and Communication in Context
Language, languages, and song: the experience of systems (1968)
Affective and communicative problems in young, developmentally deviant language users
A cross-cultural study of language universals: the emotional meaning of iconic and graphic stimuli
Machine dreams: computers in the fantasies of young adults
Mind and Paralinguistic Communication
In search of coronary-prone behaviour
Two principles of communicative functioning
Dialogues and Dialectics
Gregory Bateson (1904-1980) and Oscar Wilde (1854-1900): a heavenly discourse
Body and mind: a dialogue Gregory Bateson and Robert W. Rieber
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