Communication Studies

Publication covering communication, language and linguistics.

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 4, Winter

Control and Desire: Identity Formation through Teasing among Gay Men and Lesbians
********** At first glance, the study of humor may seem of little importance, even frivolous. However, humor is a pervasive and important communication act. It is present during most human interactions (Norrick, 1993), and it serves a number of...
Identity Implications of Influence Goals: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Interaction Goals and Facework
********** Compliance-gaining episodes have been described as complex because they often involve the attempt to pursue multiple, conflicting goals (O'Keefe, 1988). Brown and Levinson's (1987) politeness theory offers one account for the potential...
Impression Management and the Use of Procedures at the Ritz-Carlton: Moral Standards and Dramaturgical Discipline
********** Erving Goffman's work on impression management has proven itself to be both enduring and widely applicable. While scholars continue to benefit from the richness of Goffman's original conceptualizations, the theory has also encouraged...
Relationship and Self-Driven Influences on Goal Characteristics for Problematic Events: Components of a Cybernetic Cycle
********** Identity is a theory of self that is created and maintained through actual or imagined confirmation from significant others (Schlenker & Weigold, 1992). In dating relationships, a person's sense of identity, or self, is strongly influenced...
Self-Disclosure and Identity Management by Bereaved Parents
********** I had always considered myself a lucky person. In retrospect, much of my life seemed to epitomize normalcy. I was the fourth of four children, born to a mother, father, and siblings who loved me. During my years in public school, my grades...
Sometimes Jewish, Sometimes Not: The Closeting of Jewish American Identity
********** Jewish American identity often traverses religion, ethnicity, race, and culture, resulting in Jewishness as both religious and nonreligious behaviors (Goldscheider, 1986; Liebman, 1982; Medding, Tobin, Fishman, & Rimor, 1992; Simon,...