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Six Basic Principles in the Communication of Identities: The special case of discourses and illness.
Communication & Medicine (2007)
  • Donal Carbaugh, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Abstract

This article reviews four pieces of research which focus on conversation and illness. Each is published in a special theme issue of the journal, Communication & Medicine. The review is organized to demonstrate several general points: That communication practice is finely and systematically structured; that structures in communication serve to identify people as members of some social categories rather than others; that movement among these categories is immanent in shifts of communication practices and structures; that relations among people are negotiated through such structuring and shifting of communication resources; and that these patterns of practice are active in socially occasioned, and culturally distinctive ways, from clinical scenes of interaction to the scenes of routine everyday life.

Keywords
  • Communication,
  • Social Identity,
  • Illness
Disciplines
Publication Date
March 26, 2007
Citation Information
Donal Carbaugh. "Six Basic Principles in the Communication of Identities: The special case of discourses and illness." Communication & Medicine Vol. 4 Iss. 1 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/donal_carbaugh/8/