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Dispersed Collectivities: Rumor & Gossip -- Research Starters Sociology

By: Flynn, Simone I.;

2009 / EBSCO


This article will focus on the role of rumor and gossip in dispersed collectivities. It will provide an overview of the main principles of rumor and gossip, the history of rumor and gossip, and the mechanisms of rumor and gossip transmission. A discussion of communication and behavior in dispersed collectivities will be included. The issues associated with measuring rumor and gossip will also be discussed. The article concludes with thoughts on the impacts of rumor and gossip on social life.