Bona fide group theory

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Theory Overview


  • Groups Have Permeable and Fluid Boundaries[2]
    • Group Members Maintain Multiple Group Memberships
    • Group Members Play Representative Roles
    • New Members Shift Role Functions
    • The Degree To Which Members Enact A Sense of Belongingness
  • Interdependence With Context[3]
    • Individuals Communicate With People Across Groups
    • Groups Within The Organizations Often Must Coordinate Actions
    • Group Members Often Must Negotiate Jurisdiction and Autonomy
    • Making Sense of Existing Intergroup Relations
  • Groups Have Unstable and Ambiguous Borders[4]


  2. Putnam & Stohl, 1990
  3. Putnam & Stohl, 1990
  4. Frey, L (Ed.). (1994). Group communication in context: Studies of natural groups. Hillsdale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers. pp291