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COM 557, Spring 2011 – Reading Guide Questions for January 25

For Felstiner, Abel & Sarat

Let's go out of order.  Start by reading Section II, Where Disputes Come From and how They Evolve (this is the basic naming-blaming-claiming you've heard me talk about in other classes)

1. 633-634: So in your own words, what's a "unPIE" and what's a PIE?  When does naming happen?

2. 635-636: What's a grievance?  When does blaming happen?  When does claiming happen?

3. 636: When does a claim become a dispute?

4. 636-637: Why do they say "only a small fraction of injurious experiences ever mature into disputes?"  What's the big deal about that?

Now go back and read Section I, Introduction

5. Where do you see links for their justification for this approach and what you've learned about communication and rhetoric?

Now go to Section III, The Characteristics of Transformation.  We'll go in order the rest of the way.  Thank you for indulging me.

6. Same question here: Where do you see links between their depiction of the nature of PIEs, grievances, and disputes and what you've learned about communication and rhetoric?

Section IV, Subjects and Agents of Transformation

7. For each subject or agent (that is, for each subheading), what have you learned in other com classes – particularly but not exclusively rhetoric and interpersonal communication – that is implicated by their discussion?

8. For each subject or agent, what do you find particularly problematic or interesting in their discussion?

Section V, The Importance of Studying Transformations

9. As a student of research methods – and if you aren't yet, you will be (heheheheheh) –what are the implications of what they argue in this section?

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