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Peer groups [electronic resource] : expanding our study of small group communication / SunWolf.

By: Sunwolf, Dr.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Los Angeles : Sage, c2008Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 222 p. :) ill.ISBN: 9781452215358 (electronic bk.); 1452215359 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Age groups | Small groups | FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Peer PressureGenre/Form: Electronic books.DDC classification: 303.3/27 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Prologue -- Groups that matter most (peers) -- Defining and distinguishing peer groups -- Premise binding every peer group -- Embeddedness of peer groups across the life span -- Overview -- Critical thinking about peer groups -- 1: Peer Group Lenses -- Theoretical lights that illuminate peer group dynamics -- Symbolic-interpretive perspective -- Social comparison theory -- Structuration theory -- Decisional regret theory -- Social identity perspective -- Group dialectical perspective -- Bona fide group perspective -- Beyond theories -- Using multiple theoretical or conceptual lenses -- Critical thinking about group theories and concepts -- 2: Peer Groups In Childhood: Learning The Rules Of Peer Play -- Communication processes in early childhood peer groups -- Communicating values about group rules in early childhood peer groups -- Gender differences in childhood groups -- Strategies children use to gain entry to playgroups -- Leadership in children's playgroups -- Silent childhood stresses -- Tales of peer group rejection -- Conceptualizing peer group interventions -- Storytelling and peer modeling -- Co-constructing new classroom rules -- New theoretical lenses -- Critical thinking about children's peer groups -- 3: Peer Groups In Adolescence: The Power Of Rejection -- Freaks, geeks, jocks, and stars -- Communicating group values in the culture of adolescent peer groups -- Strategies that adolescents use to attempt to gain entry to peer groups -- Bittersweet peer power -- Adolescent group boundaries -- Conceptualizing peer group interventions -- Behavioral journalism -- New theoretical lenses -- Critical thinking about adolescent peer groups -- 4: Peer Groups In Neighborhoods: Hoodies, Homies, And Gansta Girls -- Homeboys and hoods -- Visual peer talk -- Playing the dozens -- Gansta girls -- New theoretical lenses -- Critical thinking about neighborhood peer groups -- 5: Peer Groups That Super-Task: Hot Groups -- Hot groups -- Hot group state of mind -- Fast, focused, and wide open -- Conductors, patrons, and keepers of the flame -- Standing in the fire -- When the flame fizzles -- Embeddedness -- Workin' from can't to can't -- They just wouldn't take our picture! -- Symbolic communication -- I gotta nickel, you gotta nickel -- Today's cowboy, yesterday's cowboy day-before-yesterday's cowboy -- New theoretical lenses -- Critical thinking about peer groups that super-task -- 6: Peer Groups As Decision Makers: Juries -- Scene: Courthouse jury assembly room -- Historical juries -- Enacting group leadership -- Structuring member communication -- Work of jury work -- When peers disagree -- Regret among peers -- Conceptualizing peer group interventions -- New theoretical lenses -- Critical thinking about juries and decision-making peer groups -- Epilogue -- Gratitudes -- Appendix: Social science theories that help explain communication events in peer groups -- Chapter notes -- References -- Index -- About the author.
Summary: This textbook explores group communication dynamics with the group that most students are already familiar with, peer groups. The book brings alive many existing group theories, while showcasing under-utilized theories that usefully explain the processes of the groups in which people spend most of their time.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-209) and index.

Prologue -- Groups that matter most (peers) -- Defining and distinguishing peer groups -- Premise binding every peer group -- Embeddedness of peer groups across the life span -- Overview -- Critical thinking about peer groups -- 1: Peer Group Lenses -- Theoretical lights that illuminate peer group dynamics -- Symbolic-interpretive perspective -- Social comparison theory -- Structuration theory -- Decisional regret theory -- Social identity perspective -- Group dialectical perspective -- Bona fide group perspective -- Beyond theories -- Using multiple theoretical or conceptual lenses -- Critical thinking about group theories and concepts -- 2: Peer Groups In Childhood: Learning The Rules Of Peer Play -- Communication processes in early childhood peer groups -- Communicating values about group rules in early childhood peer groups -- Gender differences in childhood groups -- Strategies children use to gain entry to playgroups -- Leadership in children's playgroups -- Silent childhood stresses -- Tales of peer group rejection -- Conceptualizing peer group interventions -- Storytelling and peer modeling -- Co-constructing new classroom rules -- New theoretical lenses -- Critical thinking about children's peer groups -- 3: Peer Groups In Adolescence: The Power Of Rejection -- Freaks, geeks, jocks, and stars -- Communicating group values in the culture of adolescent peer groups -- Strategies that adolescents use to attempt to gain entry to peer groups -- Bittersweet peer power -- Adolescent group boundaries -- Conceptualizing peer group interventions -- Behavioral journalism -- New theoretical lenses -- Critical thinking about adolescent peer groups -- 4: Peer Groups In Neighborhoods: Hoodies, Homies, And Gansta Girls -- Homeboys and hoods -- Visual peer talk -- Playing the dozens -- Gansta girls -- New theoretical lenses -- Critical thinking about neighborhood peer groups -- 5: Peer Groups That Super-Task: Hot Groups -- Hot groups -- Hot group state of mind -- Fast, focused, and wide open -- Conductors, patrons, and keepers of the flame -- Standing in the fire -- When the flame fizzles -- Embeddedness -- Workin' from can't to can't -- They just wouldn't take our picture! -- Symbolic communication -- I gotta nickel, you gotta nickel -- Today's cowboy, yesterday's cowboy day-before-yesterday's cowboy -- New theoretical lenses -- Critical thinking about peer groups that super-task -- 6: Peer Groups As Decision Makers: Juries -- Scene: Courthouse jury assembly room -- Historical juries -- Enacting group leadership -- Structuring member communication -- Work of jury work -- When peers disagree -- Regret among peers -- Conceptualizing peer group interventions -- New theoretical lenses -- Critical thinking about juries and decision-making peer groups -- Epilogue -- Gratitudes -- Appendix: Social science theories that help explain communication events in peer groups -- Chapter notes -- References -- Index -- About the author.

This textbook explores group communication dynamics with the group that most students are already familiar with, peer groups. The book brings alive many existing group theories, while showcasing under-utilized theories that usefully explain the processes of the groups in which people spend most of their time.

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