2000, Oxford University Press, Kindle Version REVIEW by Emily Ball Cicchini Gabriel’s culmination of 10 years of organizational study, focusing on narrative story collection, is a highly satisfying, easy-to-read application of narrative theory to organizational communication. Firmly grounded in Aristotle, Bakhtin, Barthes, Boje, Bruner, Burke, Czarniawska, Derrida, Eco, Foucault, Freud, Fromm, Frye, Giddens, Goffman, Habermas, […]
One of the interesting aspects of Communication Studies as a field is the sheer volume of theories generated and accepted to describe what’s happening within (and sometimes across and between) organizations. It’s tempting to believe there are so many floating around you could find a theory to apply to almost any situation, without ever having […]
I have been thinking lately a lot about what would happen if you tried to define the Internet as an organization. There are some common sense assumptions we make when we think about organizations. One is that they are hierarchical in structure. Another is that they are formed to serve some overriding mission or purpose […]
REVIEW Ricoeur, Paul. Time and Narrative (Temps et Récit), 3 vols. trans. Kathleen McLaughlin and David Pellauer. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984, 1985, 1988 (1983, 1984, 1985). by Emily Ball Cicchini Volume 1 Part I: The Circle of Narrative and Temporality Part II History and Narrative Volume 2 Part III: The Configuration of Time […]
REVIEW Straub, Jürgen, ed. (2005). Narration Identity and Historical Consciousness. New York: Berghahn by Emily Ball Cicchini This anthology of 12 articles by different authors is part of a series called “Making Sense of History.” And in this sense, it attempts to escape the boundaries of the trappings of “history” by introducing interdisciplinary ideas to […]
REVIEW The Emergent Organization: Communication As Its Site and Surface. Taylor, James R. and Van Every, Elizabeth J. (2000) Routledge/Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (2009 e-book edition) By Emily Ball Cicchini Like Giddens and Bruner, Taylor and Van Every cover a lot of intellectual territory. The book—firmly embedded within the sensemaking, enacting traditions—unfolds methodically with such confidence […]
REVIEW Bruner, Jerome. (1986) Actual minds, possible worlds. Harvard: Cambridge. By Emily Ball Cicchini Bruner begins and ends his book talking about actual text vs virtual text; that is, the words on the page, and then what a reader gets out of them, reflected by retelling. He recounts some of the same territory that others […]
REVIEW of Goffman, Erving (1959) The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. USA: Anchor (Penguin Reprint 1990)
Goffman’s seminal first sociological work is a lyrical descriptive riff on the “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” metaphor. But where Shakespeare wrote merely in terms of the passing of time, parsing out life’s seven phases in the comedy As You Like It, Goffman explodes the idea across culture and class, boldly attempting to do a dramaturgy of the whole of human society (or at least, the Anglo American society in which he built his impressive academic career).
REVIEW Fisher, Walter R., Human Communication As Narration: Toward a Philosophy of Reason, Value, and Action The great value of Fisher’s book lies in its massive scope and detailed comparative reporting of the development of narrative theory over the entire history of Western thought. He has a remarkable understanding of a large body of philosophical […]
REVIEW Giddens, Anthony (1984). The Constitution of Society, Outline of the Theory of Structuration. Cambridge: Polity Press. by Emily Ball Cicchini It is always reassuring to find ideas in a great mind’s work that are generally consistent with concepts that you’ve already adopted. Such is the case with me and Anthony Giddens’ theory of structuration.
REVIEW Rogers, E. M. (2003). Diffusion of Innovations. New York: Free Press. by Emily Ball Cicchini One glance at the table of contents of this venerable text on an interdisciplinary research tradition and it’s clear why it has reached a 5th Edition. It’s laid out in perfect rational order, indicating a mature, well-tested theory, and […]
REVIEW Weick, Karl (1969). The Social Psychology of Organizing. Reading MA: Addison-Wesley. by Emily Ball Cicchini This deceptively thin volume with a modern orange and ripped paper blue cover design represents Weick’s original treatise on the reform of the study of organizing. Written partly in response to a perceived crisis in social psychology, which at […]
So, the thing that has jumped out to me from the data of undergraduate leadership stories of circumpsection is the props. I’m trying to frame it using the subject/object problem: my professor suggest actor-network theory. More things to read now: John Law (1992). “Notes on the Theory of the Actor Network: Ordering, Strategy, and Heterogeneity.” […]
Dr. Browning, our professor, was prodding the class last week about inductive vs. deductive reasoning. Do you need to come into a project with a thesis that you prove or disprove? Well, no. That’s not what grounded theory is about. You let the theory emerge. Or what narrative theory is about. It’s not generalizable. It’s […]
Kinda just like grading papers or being on a review panel for a creative award. Or writing a play from hundreds of pages of dialogue and description and prose and poetry written by fourth or sixth graders or ninth graders from inner city public schools, which I did more than once. You read the text […]
Tweaking “The Medium is the Message.” Looking for the part of the message that does not die/cannot be killed (like mad cow disease) (thanks Sherry!). Articulating the desire to want to find/define the smallest element that is essential to communication that transcends all media. Exploring the Media Ecology Association (thanks Kerk!). Terrific reading list there. […]
Learning lots of wonderful things from visiting lecturers about methodologies for Grounded Theory. Can it be objective? Can you ever remove bias? How can you claim validity and truth without objective quantifiable measures? “Glaser and Strauss have disagreed on how to apply the grounded theory method, resulting in a split between Straussian and Glaserian paradigms.” […]
Handbook of career theory – Michael Bernard Arthur, Michael B. Arthur, Douglas T. Hall, Barbara S. Lawrence – Google Books. Particularly careers, identities, and institutions. Lots of great stuff about the Chicago School of Sociologists, particularly Strauss and Hughes. a) careers fuse the objective and the subjective; b) careers entail status passages; c) careers are […]
Very pleased to have an article I wrote posted on Howl Round, a online Journal developed through the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage: http://www.howlround.com/new-media-as-performance-by-emily-ball-cicchini/ Hope you’ll take a look and make a comment.