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“I Wouldn’T Really Call This A Support Group”: Examining Speech Codes In The Communication Improvement Group, Mary Caron Jan 2016

“I Wouldn’T Really Call This A Support Group”: Examining Speech Codes In The Communication Improvement Group, Mary Caron

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This study is an ethnographic account of the Communication Improvement Group, an eating disorder (ED) support group that practices a communication skill, nonviolent communication (NVC), as a way of coping with their illness. By situating the study in literature on social support and communication skills training programs, I examine how and why members of the Communication Improvement Group find NVC useful and meaningful for their recovery from an ED. Influenced by cultural communication and the ethnography of communication, this study uses speech codes theory to examine the shared cultural premises informing two communication practices occurring within the group: the practice ...


Changing Conversations Around Autism: A Critical, Action Implicative Discourse Analysis Of U.S. Neurodiversity Advocacy Online, Jessica Marie Fridy Hughes Jan 2015

Changing Conversations Around Autism: A Critical, Action Implicative Discourse Analysis Of U.S. Neurodiversity Advocacy Online, Jessica Marie Fridy Hughes

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation offers a critical, action implicative discourse analysis of neurodiversity (ND) advocacy online. The neurodiversity movement is a contemporary disability rights movement aimed at autism acceptance grounded in an understanding of autism as natural neurological variation. ND advocacy is a site of discursive struggle where advocates work to redefine autism and combat stigma. This study takes a novel, hybrid discourse analytic approach in an effort to understand why ND advocacy is needed and how its emancipatory potential might be developed. Using a critical discourse analytic lens the author first examines dominant autism discourse in order to better understand how ...