In this highly influential study of art forms as models for a theory of communications, Hugh Dalziel Duncan demonstrates that without understanding of the role of symbols in society, social scientists cannot hope to develop adequate models for social analysis. He reviews critically major contributions to communication theory during the past century: Freud's analysis of dream symbolism, Simmel's concept of sociability, James' insights into religious experience, and Dewey's relating of art to experience.
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Hugh Dalziel Duncan was professor of sociology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Among his most significant writings were Communication and Social Order; Language and Literature in Society; and Chicago as a Literary Center.