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

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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.
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Preface; 1. In search of the impertinent question: an overview of Bateson's theory of communication Robert W. Rieber; Part I. Mending the Connection Between Mind and Society: 2. Power, method, and ethics: a reflection on Bateson's view of moral and national character David Bakan; 3. The psychopathy of everyday life: antisocial behaviour and social distress Robert W. Rieber and Maurice Green; 4. Bateson's concept of mental illness Theodore Skolnik; Part II. Language and Communication in Context: 5. Language, languages, and song: the experience of systems (1968) Mary Catherine Bateson; 6. Affective and communicative problems in young, developmentally deviant language users Theodore Shapiro and Elena Goldstein Lister; 7. A cross-cultural study of language universals: the emotional meaning of iconic and graphic stimuli Robert W. Rieber, Oliver S. Tzeng and Carl Wiedmann; 8. Machine dreams: computers in the fantasies of young adults John M. Broughton; Part III. Mind and Paralinguistic Communication: 9. In search of coronary-prone behaviour Aron W. Siegman; 10. Two principles of communicative functioning Norbert Freedman; Part IV. Dialogues and Dialectics: 11. Gregory Bateson (1904–1980) and Oscar Wilde (1854–1900): a heavenly discourse Peter Ostwald; 12. Body and mind: a dialogue Gregory Bateson and Robert W. Rieber; Index.

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