In the Company of Others An Introduction to Communication

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-13
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Communication competence is vital for attaining most goals in life. In order to help students apply theoretical lessons to their own skills, In the Company of Others uses an organizing "communication competence model" to provide students with direction and guidance as they explore and improve their own communication processes. Marked by J. Dan Rothwell's signature wit, this new edition engages students more than ever with its lively mixture of examples (drawn from pop culture, sports, and today's headlines), anecdotes, and illustrations. Focusing on the contexts of interpersonal, small group, and public communication, this introductory text integrates coverage of gender and culture throughout, giving these areas special attention early on in Chapter 3. Further discussions include cultural differences in perception and non-verbal meanings, cross-cultural friendships and romantic relationships, and gender and cultural bias in the workplace. In addition, the text incorporates coverage of technology and its impact on communication throughout. Topics include virtual groups, technology's effect on dating relationships, and the use of PowerPoint in public speaking. The book also features distinctive coverage of power, treating it as a central variable within all communication. The streamlined third edition also presents a variety of new examples and enhanced pedagogical features: * Developing Communication Competence boxes offer self-tests that help students assess their own communication skills and progress. Topics include nonverbal communication abilities, assertiveness, listening capabilities, and responsiveness. * Focus on Controversy boxes examine ethical issues and instances in which communication research is instrumental in debunking assumptions and pop culture myths. Coverage includes cyberaddiction, the credibility of Wikipedia, the debate over animals' linguistic abilities, and the relationship between gender and aggression. * Film School sections explore communication concepts in popular films, such as conflict management in Knocked Up and family dialectics in Juno. A unique blend of research, scholarly insight, and humor, In the Company of Others, Third Edition, is ideal for introductory communication courses. SUPPLEMENTS * Companion Website: Provides resources for both students (aids for speeches, research, web usage, study guides) and instructors (links to a variety of communication-related websites, chapter outlines, lecture assistance, student activities) * Instructor's Manual: Includes an extensive Test Bank * Instructor's Resource CD-ROM: Features PowerPoint lecture slides and a computerized Test Bank * Student Success Manual: Offers study tips, chapter outlines and summaries, review questions, key terms, and critical thinking exercises

Author Biography

J. Dan Rothwell is Professor of Communication at Cabrillo College.

Table of Contents

Fundamentals of Communication
Competent Communication: Effective and Appropriate
Benefits of Communication Competence
Communication Myths
Defining Communication
Defining Communication Competence
Achieving Communication Competence
Creating a Communication Climate
Film School
Developing Communication Competence: Hindsight Bias Test
Focus on Controversy: Ethics and Hypercompetitiveness
Perception of Self and Others
Who Am I?
Who Are They?
The Perceptual Process
Perception of Self
Perception of Others
Communication Competence and Perceptual Challenges
Film School
Focus on Controversy: Self-Esteem: More Is Not Always Better
Developing Communication Competence: Where Do You Draw the Line?
Culture and Gender
Culture and Communication
Intercultural Miscommunication
Intercultural Communication Competence
Gender and Communication
Communication Competence and Gender
Film School
Developing Communication Competence: Be Ye Individualist or Collectivist?
Focus on Controversy: Competition: Cultural Influence
Language: Sharing Meaning with Words
The Nature of Language
The Abstracting Process
Competent Language Use
Film School
Focus on Controversy: Aping Language: The Debate over Animals' Linguistic Abilities
Developing Communication Competence: Measuring Connotative Meaning
Focus on Controversy: Verbal Taboos: A Question of Appropriateness
Nonverbal Communication: Sharing Meaning without Words
Distinctions between Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
Interconnectedness of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
Types of Nonverbal Communication
Communicating Competently with Nonverbal Codes
Film School
Developing Communication Competence: Nonverbal Communication Test
Focus on Controversy: Gated Communities: Fortress America?
Listening to Others
The Listening Process
Competent Informational Listening
Competent Critical Listening
Competent Empathic Listening
Film School
Developing Communication Competence: Focused Attention
Focus on Controversy: Skepticism and Open-Mindedness: Inquiring Minds, Not Empty Minds
Developing Communication Competence: Distinguishing Listening Responses
Interpersonal Communication
Power: The Inescapable Interpersonal Dynamic
Definition of Power
Communication Indicators of Power
Power Resources
Problems of Power Imbalance
Competent Communication and Balancing Power
Film School
Focus on Controversy: Gender and Relationship Aggression: A White-Hot Debate
Developing Communication Competence: Assertiveness Self-Assessment Questionnaire
Making Relationships Work
Forming Close Relationships
Sustaining Relationships with Competent Communication
Technology and Competent Interpersonal R
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