Human Communication in Society

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/21/2009
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Human Communication in Societyis the only book to explore the interplay between the individual and society and its impact communication. Alberts, Nakayama, and Martin wroteHuman Communication in Societyto bring a comprehensive, balanced view to the study of human communication. By understanding how the tensions that exist among individual forces, societal forces, cultures, and context shape communication and meaning, readers become more ethical and effective communicators.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Introduction to Human Communication

The Importance of Studying Human Communication

What Is Human Communication?

A Communication Ethic


Chapter 2: Communication Studies: History and Contemporary Approaches

The History of Communication Studies

Contemporary Approaches, Theories, and Methods




Chapter 3: Communication and Identities

The Importance of Identity

What Is Identity?

The Individual and Identity

The Individual, Identity and Society

Ethics and Identity

Skills for Communicating about Identities


Chapter 4: Communicating, Perceiving, and Understanding

The Importance of Perception

What is Perception?

Perception and the Individual

The Individual, Perception and Society

Ethics and Perception

 Improving Your Perception Skills


Chapter 5: Verbal Communication

The Importance of Verbal Communication

What Is Verbal Communication?

Influences on Verbal Communication

The Individual, Verbal Communication and Society

Ethics and Verbal Communication

Improving your Verbal Communication Skills


Chapter 6: Nonverbal Communication

The Importance of Nonverbal Communication

What Is Nonverbal Communication?

Nonverbal Communication and the Individual         

The Individual, Nonverbal Communication, and Society

Ethics and Nonverbal Communication

 Improving Your Nonverbal Communication Skills




Chapter 7: Communication across Cultures

The Importance of Intercultural Communication

What Is Intercultural Communication?

Intercultural Communication and the Individual

The Individual, Intercultural Communication and Society

Ethics and Intercultural Communication

Improving your Intercultural Communication Skills


Chapter 8: Communicating in Close Relationships

Close Relationships and the Individual

The Individual, Relationship Communication and Society

Ethics and Close Relationships

Improving Your Conflict Skills


Chapter 9: Small Group Communication  

    The Importance of Small Group Communication

What Is Small Group Communication?

Small Group Communication and the Individual

Effective Small Group Communication

The Individual, Small Group Communication and Society

Ethics and Small Group Communication

Improving Your Small Group Communication Skills


Chapter 10: Communicating in Organizations      

The Importance of Organizational Communication

Defining Organizational Communication

Organizational Communication and the Individual

The Individual, Organizational Communication and Society

Ethics and Organizational Communication

Improving Your Organizational Communication Skills


Chapter 11: Communicating in Public: Rhetoric

The Importance of Rhetoric

What is Rhetoric? A Broader View

Rhetoric and the Individual

The Individual, Rhetoric and Society

Ethics and Rhetoric

Becoming a More Effective Receiver of Rhetoric


Chapter 12: Communication and Media     

The Importance of Media

 What are Media?

 The Individual and Media

 The Individual, Media, and Society

  Ethics and Media

  Becoming a More Effective Consumer of Media


Chapter 13: Computer Mediated Communication

The Importance of Computer Mediated Communication

What Is Computer Mediated Communication?   

Computer Mediated Communication and the Individual

The Individual, Communication Technology and Society

Ethics and Computer-Mediated Communication

Improving Your Mediated Communication Skills


Chapter 14: Speaking in Public                    

Anticipating Your Presentation

Understanding the Communication Event

Understanding and Relating to Audiences

Developing your Topic

Organizing Your Presentation

Delivering Your Speech



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