Extending Symbolic Convergence Theory: A Shared Identity Perspective of a Team's Culture
This study addresses theoretical and contextual weaknesses of symbolic convergence theory (SCT) through a fantasy theme analysis of a life enrichment group (i.e., an all-female club rugby team). By using a variety of data sources, including group social media posts, participant observation, and interviews, the authors found two concurrent rhetorical visions present within this group: belong and triumph. These visions were created through member chaining of fantasy themes. In contrast with current assumptions of SCT, results indicated several tensions within concurrent fantasy themes and the two rhetorical visions. Theoretical and pragmatic implications for transferability and application of symbolic convergence and fantasy themes in other life enrichment groups are discussed.
symbolic convergence theory, fantasy theme analysis, life enrichment group, team cohesion
Zanin, Alaina C., Carrisa S. Hoelscher, and Michael W. Kramer. "Extending symbolic convergence theory: A shared identity perspective of a team’s culture." Small Group Research 47, no. 4 (2016): 438-472.
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