In this course we examine how relationships and identities are constructed in communication. We focus on specific practices of interaction – the basic building blocks for communication – to discover those practices through which communicators build their actions and sometimes thereby, their relationships and identities.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify basic features of interaction (such as turn-taking, action sequence organization, action formation, repair organization, etc.).
- Describe the actions interactants are engaging in, and the specific practices they use to implement these actions.
- Analyze communication practices through which relationships are produced and managed through interaction at the family dinner table.
- Identify when and how relationships and identities become salient for, and/or come to be managed and/or produced by interactants.