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The Lost Art of the Good Schmooze: Building Rapport and Defusing Conflict in Everyday and Public Talk 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0313383410
ISBN-10: 0313383413
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"What a nice surprise to find a book that really looks at engaging in casual chat―schmoozing―and how it can enhance our sense of happiness and belonging in social life, as well as our actual success at various endeavors. Boxer explores the impact of good schmoozing on making friends, improving relationships with family members, getting ahead at school or work, and understanding our fellow citizens. This book is replete with examples of schmoozing and provides interpretations as to their contribution to the conversation." (Andrew D. Cohen, Professor, Program in Second Language Studies, University of Minnesota, and coauthor of Teaching and Learning Pragmatics: Where Language and Culture Meet)

"More than just a long overdue linguistic discourse analysis of schmoozing as a speech event or discourse type, this book offers a special personal perspective on a form of talk-in-interaction evolving through time in response to social changes: an important book for sociolinguists and conversation analysts as well as for the general reader." (Neal R. Norrick, Chair of English Linguistics, Saarland University; author of Conversational Narrative)

"This text showcases the value of a good schmooze to enhancing the quality of life. Boxer makes her case with telling illustrations of conversations ranging from the familial and social domains to those of the workplace and the institution of education. In addition to learning something about the nature of schmoozing, readers who pay attention to the details will discover many useful tips and tools for building social connections and lifelong relationships." (Joan Kelly Hall, Department of Applied Linguistics, Penn State University and Author of Teaching and Researching: Language and Culture)

About the Author

Diana Boxer, PhD, is professor of linguistics at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (February 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313383413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313383410
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,831,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is very helpful to bring a person to the awareness of the importance of conversations. I met the author on the airplane and had a tremendous conversation. When you read a book, it is valuable to know that the author practices what she preaches, and this author clearly does. It was a distinct honor to meet her and quite energizing to read and understand the relevance of a good Schmooze. William D. Winship
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