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Last updated February 24, 2000
SPRING 2000 THEORY WORKBOOK
GROUP HATE THEORY
Explanation of Theory: The loathsome group experience described by most people.
Theorists: S. M. Sorensen
Article:Sorensen, S. M. (1981). Group-hate:
A negative reaction to group work. Paper presented at the annual meeting
Interpretations: A lot of times when
people are place in work groups (especially in school) there is usually
that one person who does not want to have anything to do with the group.
MOst of the time this person hates groups because of a previous group experience.
This is where the theory of group hate comes from.
Assumptions: Individuals have the choice to hate groups or to like groups.
This decision is based on previous experiences within groups. Each
individual acts with free will.
Assumptions: Group hate is scientific because it is based upon one truth.
That truth is, when individuals have a bad group experience then they are
more likely to dislike working with groups in the future.
Assumptions: Values Conscience.
Explanatory power: Group hate helps explain the human phenomena of groups
and individuals distrust of groups and work
Power: Group hate lacks predictive power. It states that individuals will
dislike groups based on past experiences
Parsimony: Groups hate is simply stated and very straight forward yet it helps researchers understand the behavior of individuals towards groups.
Testability: The behaviors, which lead to group hate, could be observed and researched in a lab environment.
Heuristic Provocativness: Future research can be generated from the theory of Group Hate. Specific characteristics and elements that an individual has or has experienced can be determined.
and Implications: The theory of Group Hate
offers an explanation into the human phenomenon of individual dislike for
working in-groups. Group Hate does offer an explanation of why group members
continue to dislike groups, much like Janisí Group Think, Group Hate offers
explanation after the fact.
an individual has a previous bad group experience this experience makes
this individual prejudice to groups and group work.
Location in Eight (8) Primary Communication Theory Textbooks:
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Griffin, E. (2000). A first look at communication theory (4th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill. N/A
Griffin, E. (1997). A first look at communication theory (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. N/A
Infante, D. A., Rancer, A. S., & Womack, D. F. (1997). Building communication theory (3rd ed.). Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press. N/A
Littlejohn, S. W. (1999). Theories of human communication (6th ed). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. N/A
West, R., & Turner, L. H. (2000). Introducing communication theory: Analysis and application. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield. N/A
Wood, J. T. (1997). Communication theories in action: An introduction.
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. N/A