Symbolic Convergence Theory
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This essay describes symbolic convergence theory, postulated by Ernest Bormann and used in group (especially small group) interaction and activity. The paper points out that, quite often in the business, political or social world several individuals with different backgrounds, aptitudes and preferences are asked to work together in a group. The theory addresses these kinds of situations. The paper concludes that the theory is somewhat too simple and limited to be anything else than an intuitive observation, with no potential for development and no real essential reflection on communication or group work.
From the Paper:"An important characteristic of the fantasy that needs to be shared with the group is that it needs to belong outside the group and, in this sense, outside the idea that is shared or discussed with the group. The respective fantasy shared by one of the individuals is supposed to be able to trigger a similar reaction from the other members of the group and increase cohesion. As such, someone else from the group might remember that it's also the birthday of a member of his own family and he will share this with the group. This creates a symbolic convergence that will help increase the convergence of the group and helps "build a sense of community or a group consciousness" (Young, 1998; from Griffin, 1997)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Griffin, E. (1997). A first look at communication theory (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill
- Young, Denise (1998). Bormann's Symbolic Convergence Theory. On the Internet at http://www.colorado.edu/Communication/meta-discourses/Papers/App_Papers/Young.htm. Last retrieved on December 12, 2007
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