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This fresh and exciting new text provides a critical/cultural introduction to communication. Using a unique blend of narrative and contemporary theory, the authors place all communication in context and culture. They frame public speaking as public advocacy, showing students how civic engagement can better our communities. By situating communication concepts and theories within contemporary and engaging cultural scenes, the book is much more than a survey of ideas-it demonstrates the power of communication in our everyday lives.
Table of Contents
|Thinking Critically About Communication in Culture|
|Communication: A Cultural Introduction|
|The Foundations of Dialogue: Terms and Common Understandings|
|Words for Change: The Power of Communication|
|Public Advocacy: Process and Responsibilities|
|Communication and Power: A Cultural History|
|The Rhetorical Tradition|
|The Elocution Era|
|The Move to Science|
|The Critical/Cultural Turn|
|A Moral: Lessons from Our Story of a Discipline|
|Public Advocacy: Purpose, Audience, and Voice|
|Public Advocacy: Commitments and Responsibility|
|What is Public Advocacy?|
|A model for advocacy: Paulo Freire|
|Listening as public advocacy|
|Public Advocacy: Integrity in Argumentation|
|Identity and Perception|
|Identity and Perception|
|Harper's Job Offer: A Case Study through 3 Communication Paradigms|
|Public Advocacy: Perception and Audience Analysis|
|Language and Culture|
|Semiotics: Structure and symbols|
|A post-semiotic approach to language|
|Language as Constitutive: Ideology and Everyday Speech|
|Speech act theory and performativity|
|Public Advocacy: Inclusive Language|
|Embodied Knowing and Nonverbal Communication|
|Body Epistemology: Knowing|
|Body Identity: Being|
|Body Language: Communicating|
|Public advocacy: The Body as a Resource|
|Communicating Culturally: Contexts|
|Language and Power in our Cultural Lives|
|Culture as static|
|Culture and power are separate|
|Stereotypes are built on truth|
|Progress is progress|
|Colorblindness is progress|
|This is all a big deal about nothing|
|From myths to cultural understanding of self and culture: A response to class|
|Public advocacy: Academic Integrity and Citationality|
|Cultural Relations: Relationships in Culture|
|Of self and other|
|Of frames and play|
|Of patterns and rituals|
|Of change and relational dialectics|
|Of I and Thou|
|Public advocacy: Building relationships, Context, and Listening|
|Con-Constitution: Media in our Cultural Lives|
|Consuming Media Messages|
|Your Mediated Self|
|Media Use, Culture(s) and Power|
|Public advocacy: Visual Aids and Organization|
|Communication as a Means of Social Action|
|Exhaustion, Cynicism, and Nihilism|
|Public advocacy: Tactics for social action|
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