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A Gesture Theory of Communication

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posted on 18.10.2016 by Michael Schandorf
Framed in a critique of digital and new media studies, this dissertation returns to the roots of the study of communication and interaction in rhetoric, linguistics, semiotics, information theory, and cybernetics to develop a philosophy and theory of communication anchored in a pre-symbolic concept of gesture. This reevaluation of communication processes allows for the articulation of communication as dynamic interaction in spacetime, which allows attention to communicative agency and the relations among communicators, communications technologies, and the environments and ecologies in which they are necessarily situated. This, in turn, while drawing from assemblage theory, affect theory, embodied and distributed cognition, interactional sociology, and relational psychology, provides a novel conceptualization of agency in human and non-human forms, as well as the relations among them. The foregoing is anchored in a relational ontology that critiques many of the contemporary, taken-for-granted assumptions about character of ‘information’.

History

Advisor

Jones, Steven G.

Department

Communication

Degree Grantor

University of Illinois at Chicago

Degree Level

Doctoral

Committee Member

Harkin, Patricia Papcharissi, Zizi Rojecki, Andrew Karatzogianni, Athina

Submitted date

2016-08

Language

en

Issue date

18/10/2016

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