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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (8 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405162600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405162609
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 435,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Making Social Worlds is an exciting and gutsy volume readable by a range of audiences. The focus on critical interaction moments allows intelligent probing communication based analyses of everything from couples fighting to wars and international relations. The conversational writing style kept me engaged from beginning to end." Stanley Deetz. Professor Director of Peace and Conflict Studies National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar International Communication Association Past–President and Fellow

"This is not only a marvelously lucid updating of CMM theory, it also demonstrates the broad applicability of this important conceptual work to problems and potentials of human communication." Kenneth J. Gergen, author of An Invitation to Social Construction

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How one acts during critical moments can change the world. The tools and concepts of CMM Coordinated Management of Meaning show us how to discern and to act wisely during the critical moments that shape our world and define our future. This text presents the most accessible introduction to CMM, one of the groundbreaking theories of speech communication.

In an age in which what happens anywhere affects us everywhere, and in which we must become accustomed to interacting with people whose customs are different than our own, more sophisticated patterns of communication are demanded. This book provides the concepts and models to help us understand these. By analyzing examples from everyday life everything from intimate family conversations to speeches by heads of state the author demonstrates how the tools of CMM enable special insights into our social interactions. Written in an informal yet intellectually stimulating way, Making Social Worlds opens up the theory of CMM to students, scholars, and practitioners.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ellis on 24 Aug 2008
Format: Paperback
Essential reading for those training in or involved with psychotherapy, family and systemic therapy/counselling. The book is surprisingly readable even for the non-academic, and very well illustrated. Presenting his groundbraking ideas, the book is an excellent example of and about commumication and it's relevance within philosophical and sociological contexts.
Beyond the professional, I have recomended the book to intelligent clients, particularly couples, and they have consistently reported being greatly helped to understand the meaning of their communications.
A must buy and excellent value.
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Excellent Book... Must have for anyone in Interpersonal Comm. 5 Aug 2009
By R. Monty - Published on Amazon.com
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This book completely transformed my communication perspective. The insight it provides regarding the 'afterlife' of a conversation will change the way you enter and act in every conversation. By applying the knowledge that I gained from this book I have forever change the trajectory of many of my most meaningful relationships for the better. Barnett Pearce is a very gifted writer and brilliant person.
Excellent Communication Studies resource for social construction theory 9 Jun 2013
By karen roy - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book, easy read, highlights The Communication Perspective, aka SCT as the primary means of how people communicate by co-constructing and making meaning- together- in the world.
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As grad school books go . . . 22 Aug 2010
By Darth Shatner - Published on Amazon.com
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This was actually a pretty fascinating read. I found myself wanting to keep reading the chapters that weren't assigned. Do I think it will one day make a titillating film? Nope -- but I'm in no hurry to sell back my copy, either. If you have a class and this book is involved, I think you'll find it interesting and highly readable.
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