Human Communication

Human Communication

Part One

Human communication can be viewed through a set of three perspectives, known as the three contingencies. These contingencies act as tools for simplifying the communication and inner workings of social issues. Together they provide increasingly complex perspectives of the communication involved, each contingency encompassing the last (Lec. 11/12/14). Studying these contingencies through a constitutive viewpoint allows us to collectively make sense of the world as a society as well as how we exist and interact together (Lec. 10/6/14).
At the most basic level, the single contingency, communication is compromised of sending an effective message that is to ...

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to build upon the last in an attempt to expand on the limitations of the previous perspective, thus widening the communicative perspective. For example, without the sending and receiving of messages there could be no interpersonal interaction, and so forth with the triple contingency, it is the collection of interpersonal and intercultural interactions that allow relations and goals to be pursued in a pluralistic social world. The use of expansion upon previous contingencies can be seen through Benjamin Bailey's study on the communicative social tension between Korean storeowners and African American customers in Los Angeles. Bailey begins by detailing the interpersonal interactions and messages sent/received between African Americans and Koreans that create the local conflict (double contingency).
"The differing forms of participation documented in service encounters - and the ways in which they are interpreted - are simultaneously a result of (1) cultural and linguistic ...

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vary between cases as a result of varying interpersonal relationships and processes of social interaction between couples. However, there are distinct communicative patters that have been commonly seen among couples contributing to conflict within marriages.

A particular communicative pattern that has been observed and identified as a damaging form of communication is the concept of "unfair fighting" between spouses. Unfair fighting may be facilitated by a wide range of situational circumstances ranging from bad timing or location of a fight to making threats or ultimatums toward one's spouse. Poor choice in timing for a discussing of a conflict with a spouse can provide basis ...

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