1 IntroductionThe Role of Communication in Group Scholarship

Torsten Reimer, Ernest S. Park, and Joseph A. Bonito

DOI: 10.4324/9781003227458-1

Premises and Goals

Groups are the building blocks of human societies and communication is their lifeblood, their condition sine qua non. Group membership is integral to the life of an individual as well. Our membership in groups helps to fulfill the basic human need to belong and helps to define who we are. These outcomes can be achieved because of the way in which groups and communication are intertwined: Communication does not only serve important group functions, such as sharing information and the coordination of group actions, but it is also constitutive for the formation and maintenance of groups. ...

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