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This text introduces the field of communication to students who may have little or no background in communication theory. Its three overriding goals are to help students understand the pervasiveness of theory in their lives, to demystify the theoretical process, and to help students become more systematic and critical in their thinking about theory.
Table of Contents
|Setting The Stage|
|Thinking About Communication: Definitions, Models, And Ethics|
|Thinking About The Field: Traditions And Contexts|
|Thinking About Theory And Research|
|Before We Begin|
|Understanding The Dialogue The Self And Messages|
|Symbolic Interaction Theory|
|Coordinated Management Of Meaning|
|Cognitive Dissonance Theory|
|Expectancy Violations Theory Relationship Development|
|Uncertainty Reduction Theory|
|Social Penetration Theory|
|Social Exchange Theory|
|Relational Dialectics Theory|
|Communication Privacy Management Theory Groups And Organizations|
|Organizational Culture Theory|
|Organizational Information Theory The Public|
|The Narrative Paradigm The Media|
|Uses And Gratifications Theory|
|Spiral Of Silence Theory|
|Media Ecology Theory Culture And Diversity|
|Communication Accommodation Theory|
|Muted Group Theory|
|On The Horizon|
|Moving In New Directions|
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