A Situational Theory of Disqualification: Using Language to “Leave the Field”

  • Janet Beavin Bavelas
Part of the Springer Series in Social Psychology book series (SSSOC)


Suppose person A has received a gift from a friend who lives in another city.


Class Presentation Conflictual Version Conflict Condition Situational Theory Human Communication Research 
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