Communication and Social Hierarchy: Their Relationship and Interconnection

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dc.contributor.advisor Miller, Laura
dc.contributor.author Eagle, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-19T14:51:49Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-19T14:51:49Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/30613
dc.description.abstract What type of communication is most likely to confuse or break down the social hierarchy? The objective of this research is to explore the interplay between communication and social hierarchies through understanding the characteristics of different forms of media and how they impact how hierarchy is maintained, broken down, and manifested. Data were collected in 2015 through twenty-two in-person interviews and written exercises with professors, students, employers, and employees, and observations of student-professor and employer-employee events. Through employing these methods, I found that initiating an interaction requires a conscious decision about which medium is best suited for that particular communication based on the recipient, the situation, the content of the communication, and most importantly, the relationship with the recipient. I ultimately conclude that written communication is more likely to confuse the social hierarchy, whereas oral communication is more likely to break down the hierarchy. Both forms show a very clear relationship between social hierarchy and communication.
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dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Sarah Eagle 2015
dc.title Communication and Social Hierarchy: Their Relationship and Interconnection
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Department of Sociology
dc.degree.name BA
dc.degree.level Bachelors
dc.degree.discipline Sociology
dc.degree.grantor Brandeis University, College of Arts and Sciences
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