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Advances in Intergroup Communication


Edited By Howard Giles and Anne Maass

Advances in Intergroup Communication is a timely contribution to the field. It reflects developments in older, more established intergroup settings (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, organizations) whilst introducing newer studies such as the military and political parties. It also pays attention to emerging trends in new media and social networks and considers the developing field of neuroscience of communication.
The volume brings together authors from different geographical areas (North America, Europe, and Australia) and from different disciplines (particularly communication, linguistics, and psychology). Contributions are organized around five themes, corresponding to the five sections of the book: defining features and constraints; tools of intergroup communication; social groups in their context; intergroup communication in organizations; and future directions.
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Chapter Nineteen: Social Networks and Intergroup Communication



Social Networks and Intergroup Communication



This volume illustrates the dynamic and multifarious development of intergroup communication research, which crosses disciplinary boundaries while, to some extent, maintaining a common theoretical ground. In this last section of the book, dedicated to future developments, we have already seen important proposals for a future research agenda in the previous two chapters: Ehala and co-authors have proposed a classification system of intergroup settings to predict the type and quality of likely communication, whereas Clément and co-authors have made a strong argument for the use of neuroscience methods to gain access to as yet unknown mechanisms of intergroup communication.

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