9 Intergroup Communication and Identity: Intercultural, Organizational, and Health Communication

Authored by: Cindy Gallois , Susan McKay , Jeffery Pittam

Handbook Of Language And Social Interaction

Print publication date:  November  2004
Online publication date:  December  2004

Print ISBN: 9780805842401
eBook ISBN: 9781410611574
Adobe ISBN: 9781135634155


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The links between language and social psychology (LSP) to the broader area of Language and Social Interaction (LSI) are numerous and long-standing, although it is only recently that they have been widely recognized (see Sanders, Fitch, & Pomerantz, 2001; Weatherall, Gallois, & Pittam, 2001). The connection of LSP to LSI more broadly has been problematic because of the former’s tie to social psychology, both historically and as perceived by others. Bavelas (this volume) points to the many divisions between social psychology and LSI and argues that these divisions can and should be reduced or reconciled to the benefit of the study of language in social interaction. In this chapter, we aim to build on the possibilities canvased by Bavelas and by Bradac and Giles (this volume), arguing for the contribution that LSP can make to LSI in addressing important social problems. Nevertheless, as these authors note, the traditions of LSP do not locate it close to the mainstream of social psychology. Indeed, one of us (CG) has in the past been asked quite sincerely what contribution the study of language and communication can make to social psychology or to psychology more generally. We believe that our chapter and this whole section will help to answer that question.

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