Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM): A Research Manual

Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM): A Research Manual

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Overview

Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM): A Research Manual consists of the work of Barnett Pearce, Vernon Cronen, and their colleagues over the past 40 years. The theory offers a rich set of ideas for understanding communication processes. Still dedicated to ways in which people coordinate interaction and construct meaning, the theory offers fresh ways of examining human social life. This manual provides a brief, clear, and useful set of tools for CMM research.

Although this booklet does provide a short introduction to the theory, it assumes some background in CMM theory and is designed for CMMers who want a clearer picture of how to conduct research in this tradition.

Of particular importance in this endeavor is maintaining a communication perspective to ensure that researchers focus on the communication processes, rather than look through it to something else. To achieve this goal, researchers can describe the process, interpret communication events, provide critique, and assert action plans. The framing of research questions is especially important in maintaining a communication perspective.

Research tools are organized into the categories of description, interpretation, critique and action. In addition, the CMM consulting method known as SEAVA is translated into research processes that involve storyboarding, enriching stories, analyzing interaction, visioning, and acting.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158882029
Publisher: The Taos Institute
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 82
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Natasha A Rascon, PhD, is an instructor of Communication at Indiana State University. Her research interests include utilizing CMM in a variety of contexts, including community engagement and health care. Rascon was invited to ask good questions and explore CMM as an undergraduate student. She furthered her knowledge as a Master's student and utilized CMM in her doctoral dissertation. Since 2008, she has embodied a CMM worldview and sees the world as a CMMer.

Stephen Littlejohn, PhD, is an emeritus professor of communication at Humboldt State University and emeritus lecturer of communication and journalism at the university of New Mexico. He has written extensively about communication theory, conflict, and communication. Stephen was an early contributor to CMM and has applied the theory to his work for nearly 40 years.

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