SAGE Journal Articles

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Piven, F. Fox. (2014). Interdependent power: Strategizing for the occupy movement. Current Sociology, 62, 223–231. doi:10.1177/0011392113515138

This article examines the role of power in communication. The study looks at the protest movements that have yielded more power over time. This often creates a sense of interdependence. The idea of inequality stemming directly from power imbalance and positioning is explored. Obstacles to power are examined from the perspective of power as a resource and concept.

  1. Discuss how power can be used in positive and negative communication strategies.
  2. Explain the use of power in persuasion and manipulation.
  3. Discuss the advantage of having power over a situation or relationship.
  4. Do obstacles to power present enabling or disabling?


Cameron, D. C. Lindquist, K. A., & Kurt, G. (2015). A constructionist review of morality and emotions: No evidence for specific links between moral content and discrete emotions. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 19, 371–394. doi:10.1177/1088868314566683

This article examines the connection between morality and emotions in communication. The article examines the constructionist perspective. The study suggests a unique pairing of these two components and seeks to find the connection. Correspondence is researched as various methods of communication are examined in conjunction with moral issues and feelings.

  1. Discuss the possible connection between morality and emotions.
  2. Discuss the rationale that may arise from a moral perspective.
  3. Do morality and emotions serve communication exchanges?
  4. Explain the process of moral pairing in a two-way communication exchange.