Communication : A Critical/Cultural Introduction

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-10-18
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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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
Social Constructionism
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
Sapir/Whorf hypothesis
Speech act theory and performativity
Articulate contact
Public Advocacy: Inclusive Language
Embodied Knowing and Nonverbal Communication
Body Epistemology: Knowing
Body Identity: Being
Body Language: Communicating
Body Intentionality
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
Mediated Culture(s)
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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