Human Communication in Society

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/9/2015
  • Publisher: Pearson

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A Comprehensive Look at Human Interaction

Human Communication in Society takes an enhanced look at the relationship between humans and their societies through a contemporary critical lens. By examining history and societal structures as a means to assess modes of human communication, the text helps readers to understand the theory and context of the way people interact. The Fourth Edition uses new examples, illustrations, and pedagogical materials to highlight the importance of understanding multiple perceptions when studying communication. By addressing vital forms of communication such as listening, responding, verbal/non-verbal communication, and perception, Human Communication in Society addresses the subject of interpersonal interaction from a holistic standpoint.


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Author Biography

Jess Alberts is the President’s Professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. She is an interpretive scholar who focuses on interpersonal communication and specializes in the study of conflict.


Thomas Nakayama is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. He is a critical scholar who focuses on rhetoric and intercultural communication.

Judith Martin is a professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. She is a social scientist whose expertise is in intercultural communication.

Table of Contents

Part I: Understanding Human Communication Processes

1. Introduction to Human Communication

2. Perspectives on Human Communication

3. Communicating Identities

4. Communicating, Perceiving, and Understanding


Part II: Developing Effective Human Communication Skills

5. Verbal Communication

6. Nonverbal Communication

7. Listening and Responding


Part III: Communicating in Context

8. Communicating Across Cultures

9. Communicating in Close Relationships

10. Small Group Communication

11. Communicating in Organizations

12. Rhetorical Communication

13. Mass Media and Communication

14. Communication and New Technologies

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